Findings on happiness in Berman (1972): study US 1972

Author(s)Berman, J.J.
TitleParolees' Problems, Aspirations and Attitudes.
SourceDissertation, Northwestern University Evanston, 1972, Illinois, USA
PublicJail mates on parole, Illinois, USA, 197? Followed 9 month
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability accidental sample
 Subjects were nominated to the program by their parole agents' perception, of those ex-offenders most in need of the benefits of receiving support once a week, from young lawyers in getting a job, for solving personal problems, and so on.
Respondents N =89
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentMultiple methods
 Interviews could be completed in a half-hour, though the vast majority took well over an hour. Subjects elaborated. Mostly face-to-face interviews at the parolee's place of residence, while some took place in restaurants or bars and about 10 took place over the phone.
General remarksResults are summarized in the 1975 paper by J.J. Berman "The Volunteer In Parole Program".
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question Taking everything together, how happy are you with the way things are going in your life now? 6 completely satisfied 5 pretty much satisfied 4 slightly satisfied 3 slightly dissatisfied 2 pretty much dissatisfied 1 completely dissatisfied
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication34
RemarksRespondents were first asked to pick between "Dissatisfied" and "Satisfied", then between "completely", "pretty much" and "slightly".
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 6On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.61

Scores in123456

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Parolee programH16acGuidance of vulnerable people (social work)