Findings on happiness in VanSantvoort (2009): study ZZ Europe 2005

Author(s)VanSantvoort, M.M.
TitleDisability in Europe: Policy, Social Participation and Subjective Well-being.
SourceIpskamp, 2009, Enschede, Netherlands
Public15+ aged, general public, 9 European countries, 2005
 Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Slovenia, Slovakia, United Kingdom
Survey nameNot available
 European Social Survey
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
 Non probability sample of nations, probability sampels within nations.
Respondents N =14889
 N= Belgium:1778 Germany:2870 Denmark:1478 Finland:2022 Netherlands:1881 Slovenia:1442 Slovakia:1512 United Kingdom:1897
Non Response30 %
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Most studies based on face-to-face interviews
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 2 questions: A. Taking all things together, how happy would you say you are? 10 extermely happy 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 extremely unhappy B. All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life nowadays.? 10 extremely satisfied 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 extermely dissatisfied Summation: (A+B)/2
Author's labelSubjective well-being
RemarksWeighted mean of all nations by means of table 7.1, page 113. M= Belgium:7.6 Germany:6.9 Denmark:8.4 Finland:8.0 The Netherlands:7.7 Slovenia:7.0 Slovakia:5.9 United Kingdom:7.3
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Age in yearsA04abCurrent age (in years)
DisabilityH02ab02Severity of handicap
Feeling about household incomeI01ac02Subjective poverty
Feeling optimistic and energeticM14ac06Feeling energetic (vs lethargic, tired)
GenderG01aaSex (male vs female)
Highest level of educationE01ab02Level of school-education
Living arrangementH20abCurrent household-composition
Monthly household incomeI01ab03Household income
Social participationS06abCurrent contacts
Subjective general healthH14ab02aGlobal health rating