Findings on happiness in Dykstra & Liefbroer (1998): study NL 1992

Publication
Author(s)Dykstra, P.A.; Liefbroer, A.C.
TitleKinderloos en toch Gelukkig? (Childless but Still Happy?)
SourceMens en Maatschappij, 1998, Vol. 73, 108 - 129
Investigation
Public55-89 aged, The Netherlands, 1992
 Born between 1903 and 1937. Mean age 72 years.
Survey nameNot available
 NESTOR-LSN
SampleProbability stratified sample
 Stratified for age and gender. Sample post-weighed for assuring representativeness of the 55+ aged population.
Respondents N =3729
 4494 people were interviewed. Information on life-satisfaction available for 3729 of these.
Non Response38,3
AssesmentInterview: computer assisted (CAPI)
General remarksFindings of s a paralel study in Germany (West-Berlin) are reported in Dykstr 2007.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelf report on single question: Taken all together, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with your life in general? 1 very dissatisfied 2 3 4 5 very satisfied
ClassificationO-SLu-g-sq-n-5-a
Author's labelsubjective wellbeing
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 5On range 0 - 10
Mean4.10
Standard deviation


Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
current ageA04ab03Age-differences among elders
Early retirementE02aaDevelopment of one's employment
Early retirementO01aaOccupational career, also classified as above ↑
Early retirementR12aaRetirement career, also classified as above ↑
female/maleG01aaSex (male vs female)
life historyL08aaEarlier life (antecedents of happiness)
life historyS15aa01Summed effect of earlier conditions, also classified as above ↑
loss of childrenC03aa02dDeath of children
loss of childrenF02aaFamily career (family life-cycle), also classified as above ↑
loss of childrenL06aa01bSpecific earlier life-events, also classified as above ↑
Marital history, single after more marriagesL05aa01Earlier life-change
Marital history, single after more marriagesM01aa02dStill with first spouse, also classified as above ↑
marital history/in second marriageL05aa01Earlier life-change
marital history/in second marriageM01aa02dStill with first spouse, also classified as above ↑
Marital history/single never marriedM01aa01cLife-long single
Marital history/single, divorcedL05aa01Earlier life-change
Marital history/single, divorcedM01aa02aEver divorced/separated, also classified as above ↑
Marital History/single, widowedL05aa01Earlier life-change
Marital History/single, widowedM01aa02bEver widowed, also classified as above ↑
Marital History/single, widowedL06aa01bSpecific earlier life-events, also classified as above ↑
parental historyL05aa01Earlier life-change
parental historyC03aa01Ever had children (vs not), also classified as above ↑
parental historyF02aaFamily career (family life-cycle), also classified as above ↑
upward occupational mobilityS05aa01Earlier social mobility
upward occupational mobilityS05ab02Intra-generational mobility, also classified as above ↑
upward occupational mobilityO01aaOccupational career, also classified as above ↑