Findings on happiness in Shu & Zhu (2009): study CN 2006

Publication
Author(s)Shu, X.; Zhu, Y.
TitleThe Quality of Life iin China.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 2009, Vol. 92, 191 - 225
DOIDOI:10.1007/s11205-008-9350-4
Investigation
Public20-69 aged, general public, China, 2006
Survey nameNot available
 Asia Barometer.
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
 Sampling in 3 stages: 1. China was stratified into 5 population sizes and 3 regions. 2. 100 primary sampling units were randomly chosen from the city lists in the China Population Statistics Yearbook 2005 and 2 sampling units (neighborhoods or villages) were selected from each of these units. 3. 10 individuals were chosen at equal intervals from the resident registration ledger at each neighborhood or village.
Respondents N =2000
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question All things considered, would you say you are happy these days? 5 very happy 4 pretty happy 3 neither happy, not unhappy 2 not too happy 1 very unhappy - Don't know
ClassificationO-HL-c-sq-v-5-m
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication208
Remarks1+2: 30%, 3: 27%, 4+5: 43%
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Full textSelfreport on single question: How often do you feel that you are really enjoying life these days? 4 often 3 sometimes 2 rarely 1 never - don't know
ClassificationM-FH-c-sq-v-4-b
Author's labelEnjoyment
Page in publication208
Remarks1+2: 26%, 3+4: 74%
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Full textSelfreport on single question: How much do you feel you are accomplishing what you want out of life? 4 a great deal 3 some 2 very little 1 none - don't know
ClassificationC-W-u-sq-v-4-c
Author's labelAccomplishment
Page in publication208
Remarks1+2: 38%, 3+4: 62%
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Full textSelfreport on 3 questions: A All things considered, would you say you are happy these days? 5 very happy 4 pretty happy 3 neither happy, not unhappy 2 not too happy 1 very unhappy B How often do you feel that you are really enjoying life these days? 4 often 3 sometimes 2 rarely 1 never C How much do you feel you are accomplishing what you want ou of life? 4 a great deal 3 some 2 very little 1 none Computation: 0 = no positive rating on any of the 3 questions, 3 positive ratings on all of the three
ClassificationM-ACO---mq-v-4-a
Author's labelNo. of positive experiences
Page in publication209
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 0 - 3On range 0 - 10
Mean1.95
Standard deviation1.06

Scores in0123
%13.020.026.041.0

Full textSelfreport on 3 questions: A All things considered, would you say you are happy these days? 5 very happy 4 pretty happy 3 neither happy, not unhappy 2 not too happy 1 very unhappy B How often do you feel that you are really enjoying life these days? 4 often 3 sometimes 2 rarely 1 never C How much do you feel you are accomplishing what you want ou of life? 4 a great deal 3 some 2 very little 1 none Computation not reported: 0 to 6
ClassificationM-ACO---mq-v-7-a
Author's label7-point summary index
Page in publication209
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
Acces to resources: utilityP12ab02Specific possessions
Access to resources: modern telecommuncationL03ac02fInternet, social media
Access to resources: modern telecommuncationP12ab02Specific possessions, also classified as above ↑
Age cohortA04abCurrent age (in years)
Being healthyV02abDomain-specific value-preferences
Educational attainmentE01ab02Level of school-education
Explained varianceS15ab36Socio-demographic + life appraisals + life style + values
GenderG01aaSex (male vs female)
Global connectionL09ab02cInternational life style
Having a comfortable homeV02abDomain-specific value-preferences
Having acces to good medical care if requiredV02abDomain-specific value-preferences
Having enough to eatV02abDomain-specific value-preferences
Having meals at homeN15ab06Where one eats
Home ownershipH22ab01aHouse owned or rented
Household incomeI01ab03Household income
Household related lifestyles: household sizeH20ab03Number of persons in household
Identify oneself as AsianE04ac02Attitudes to one's own ethnic status
Interpersonal life sphereI07af02Satisfaction with intimacy
Interpersonal life sphereL04ad02Satisfaction with multiple domains of life, also classified as above ↑
Marital statusM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
Material life sphereL04ad02Satisfaction with multiple domains of life
Material life sphereI01af05eSatisfaction with standard of living, also classified as above ↑
NationalismN01adCurrent identification with one's country
Nonmaterial life sphereL04ad02fLeisure + spiritual life
Participation in local/national electionsP09ab02cVoting
Personal life sphereL04ad02eHealth + education + job
Public life sphereN01acCurrent satisfaction with one's nation
Public life sphereL04ad02Satisfaction with multiple domains of life, also classified as above ↑
Raising childrenV02abDomain-specific value-preferences
ReligiosityR10abCurrent religious beliefs
Self-rated standard of living: highN04acStandard of living in the nation
Trusting othersN11ab27aTrust in fellow-man
Trusting othersT04ab02Trust in people, also classified as above ↑
Trusting othersP05dhTrusting, also classified as above ↑
UnemployedE02abCurrent employment status
Urban residentL14ab02bRural vs urban dwelling