Findings on happiness in Michalos & Orlando (2006a): study CA Prince George 1997

Publication
Author(s)Michalos, A.C.; Orlando, J.A.
TitleQuality of Life of Some Under-Represented Survey Respondents: Youth, Aboriginals and Unemployed.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 2006, Vol. 79, 191 - 213
DOIDOI:10.1007/s11205-005-4717-2
Investigation
Public18+ aged, general public, Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, 1997-2005
 Gender Female: 4589; Male 4117; Age 18-24: 416; 25-34: 1334; 35-44: 1933; 45-54: 2061; 55-64: 1486; 65: 1384; Education Elem. Incomplete: 86; Element. Complete 163; Sec. Incomplete: 769; Sec. Complete: 1343; Some tradeP: 1399; Diploma/Certif. 2395; some University: 904; Univ. Degree 1621; Income ($1000) 0-16: 643; 16-28: 741; 28-40: 861; 40-50: 735; 50-60: 826; 60-70: 827; 70-80: 693; 80-90: 570; 90-100: 378; 100-120: 575; >120: 486; Marital status Now married: 5291; Common law: 892; Single/never mar.: 877; Divorced: 682; Separated: 339; Widowed: 583; Employment Unemployed: 304; Retired: 1726; Part-time: 905; Full-time: 4104; Homemaker: 497; Student: 305; Disabled: 118; Self-employed: 489; Other: 245; Ethnic background African: 12; Asian: 77; American: 46; Australian/oceanic: 12; Canadian: 4226; European: 3191; First Nation: 153; Metis: 133; Middle-Eastern 48; South American 16;
Collect period11
Last assesment2005
Last collect period2
 November 1997 to February 2005
Survey nameNot available
SampleProbability simple random sample
 Pooled 16 surveys
Respondents N =8664
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
Happiness measure(s) used
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 labelLife Satisfaction
Page in publication5
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Mean5.67
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 publication5
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Mean5.48
Standard deviation


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 labelHappiness
Page in publication5
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Mean5.65
Standard deviation


Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
AboriginalsE04ab03dEthnic status in Canada
GenderG01aaSex (male vs female)
Satisfaction with family relaltionsF02ag02Satisfaction with family
Satisfaction with federal governmentP09ag01cAttitudes to government accomplishments
Satisfaction with federal governmentP09ag01aAttitudes to national government, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with financial scurityI01af05Satisfaction with income\finances
Satisfaction with friendshipsF06ah04Satisfaction with friends
Satisfaction with healthH14af04Satisfaction with health
Satisfaction with houseH22ae02Satisfaction with housing
Satisfaction with jobW05adCurrent satisfaction with work
Satisfaction with living partnerF02ag02Satisfaction with family
Satisfaction with living partnerM03ac03Satisfaction with marriage, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with local governmentP09ag01cAttitudes to government accomplishments
Satisfaction with local governmentP09ag01bAttitudes to local government, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with neighbourhoodL16ac03Satisfaction with local environment
Satisfaction with provincial governmentP09ag01cAttitudes to government accomplishments
Satisfaction with provincial governmentP09ag01bAttitudes to local government, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with recreational activitiesL03ad03Satisfaction with leisure
Satisfaction with religion/spiritual fulfilementR10af03Satisfaction with religion
Satisfaction with self-esteemS02ahAttitudes to own self-image
Satisfaction with self-esteemS02aeCurrent satisfaction with self, also classified as above ↑
UnempllyedE02abCurrent employment status
YouthA04ab01Young versus old