Findings on happiness in Michalos & Zumbo (1999): study CA Prince George 1997

Publication
Author(s)Michalos, A.C.; Zumbo, B.D.
TitlePublic Services and the Quality of Life.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 1999, Vol. 48, 125 - 156
DOIDOI: 10.1023/A:1006893225196
Investigation
PublicAdult general population, Prince George, Northern British Columbia, Canada, 1997
 311 females and 404 males. 447 now married living with their spouse. Average age 44 (18-88). 575 owned/were buying their home; 231 had university education, 114 holding a degree; 629 had English as first language 447 were fully employed, 84 part time. 232 had family incomes $40,000 - 70,000
Collect period6-7
Survey nameNot available
SampleProbability simple random sample
Respondents N =715
Non Response64%
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Mailed questionnaire
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Considering your life as a whole, how happy would you say you are? 1 very unhappy 2 somewhat unhappy 3 a little unhappy 4 evenly balanced 5 a little happy 6 somewhat happy 7 very happy
ClassificationO-HL-u-sq-v-7-f
Author's labelOverall happiness
Page in publication126, 137
RemarksNumber of respondents 643
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Mean5.60
Standard deviation


Full textSelfreport on single question: Here are some features of people’s lives affecting them today. Please indicate how satisfied you are with each of them.... How satisfied are you with your life as-a-whole? 1 very dissatisfied 2 somewhat dissatisfied 3 a little dissatisfied 4 about evenly balanced 5 a little satisfied 6 somewhat satisfied 7 very satisfied
ClassificationO-SLW-c-sq-v-7-f
Author's labelSatisfaction with life as a whole
Page in publication137
RemarksNumber of repondents 702
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Mean5.80
Standard deviation


Full textSelfreport on single question: Here are some features of people’s lives affecting them today. Please indicate how satisfied you are with each of them.... How satisfied are you with your overall quality of life? 1 very dissatisfied 2 somewhat dissatisfied 3 a little dissatisfied 4 about evenly balanced 5 a little satisfied 6 somewhat satisfied 7 very satisfied
ClassificationO-QLS-c-sq-v-7-b
Author's labelQuality of life
Page in publication137
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Mean5.60
Standard deviation


Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
Satisfaction with family relationsF02ag02Satisfaction with family
Satisfaction with federal government officialsP09ag01aAttitudes to national government
Satisfaction with financial securityI01af05cSatisfaction with financial security
Satisfaction with FriendshipsF06ah04Satisfaction with friends
Satisfaction with geographic locationL14ac02Attitude to local natural environment
Satisfaction with Government ServicesP09ag01cAttitudes to government accomplishments
Satisfaction with healthH14af04Satisfaction with health
Satisfaction with jobW05adCurrent satisfaction with work
Satisfaction with job opportunitiesE02ag03Perceived chances for employment
Satisfaction with Living partnerM03ac03Satisfaction with marriage
Satisfaction with SelfS02aeCurrent satisfaction with self
Satisfaction with WeatherL14ac02aAttitude to local climate