Findings on happiness in Ackerman et al. (1989): study US 1986

Author(s)Ackerman, N.M.; Bailey, D.; Jenson, G.O.
TitleFarm Work and Family: Major Sources of Satisfaction for Farm Families.
SourceUtah Science, 1989, Vol. 50, 134 - 142
PublicDairy farm couples, Utah, USA,1986
Survey nameNot available
SampleProbability stratified sample
 Sample from list of milk-producing farms, stratified by county and herd-size. Large dairy farms were oversampled and counties with high milk-production were undersampled.
Respondents N =116
Non Response28%
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Two-person interview teams conducted separate simultaneous interviews with the husband and wife in each dairy farm household.
General remarksResearch results earlier published in A. Holyoak (Ed.) (1988). Papers of the Wester Region Home management Family Economics Educators, 3, p. 41-46.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How do you feel about your life as a whole.....? 7 delighted 6 pleased 5 mostly satisfied 4 mixed 3 mostly dissatisfied 2 unhappy 1 terrible Name: Andrews & Withey's `Delighted-Terrible Scale' (original version)
Author's labelOverall quality of life
Page in publication136
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Husband&WifeG01aaSex (male vs female)
Satisfaction with family incomeI01af05aSatisfaction with income
Satisfaction with family lifeF03ac02Satisfaction with family-life
Satisfaction with farm workF04ad02Satisfaction with farming
Satisfaction with goods and services in local areaL12ac02aSatisfaction with amenities in vinicity
Satisfaction with houseH22ae02Satisfaction with housing
Satisfaction with national governmentP09ag01aAttitudes to national government
Satisfaction with off-farm jobW05ad03bSatisfaction with side jobs
Satisfaction with oneselfS02ad02Evaluation of self-as-a-whole
Satisfaction with own healthH14afAttitudes to own health
Satisfaction with spare time, how spentA02adAttitudes to own activity pattern
Satisfaction with spare time, how spentL03ad03Satisfaction with leisure, also classified as above ↑