Findings on happiness in Michalos et al. (2007): study CA British Columbia 2005

Publication
Author(s)Michalos, A.C.; Hatch, P.M; Hemingway, D.
TitleHealth and Quality of Life of Older People: A Replication after Six Years.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 2007, Vol. 84, 127 - 158
DOIDOI:10.1007/s11205-006-9080-4
Investigation
PublicElderly, British Columbia, Canada, 2005
Collect period9
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability accidental sample
 Questionnaires were given to all of the area's main senior's organizations, recreation centres, local places of worship, the District Lbouyr Council, native health centres, intermediate care providers, the local Advisory Council on Seniors, Alzaheimer's Society, some independent senior's housing units, friends, relatives and qany eligible resident of the region. Arrangements were made for volunteers to help any respondent with visual or other types of problems filling out paper questionnaires
Respondents N =656
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Replication of a similar survey in 1999
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days? 7 completely satisfied 6 quite satisfied 5 somewhat satisfied 4 neither satisfied nor dissatisfied 3 somewhat dissatisfied 2 quite dissatisfied 1 completely dissatisfied
ClassificationO-SLW-c-sq-v-7-g
Author's labelSatisfaction with Life as a whole (SWB)
Page in publication133
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 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 labelSatisf. With the overall quality of life
Page in publication133, 145
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Mean5.60
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 with life as a whole.
Page in publication133,144
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Mean5.60
Standard deviation


Full textSelfreport on five questions: A I am very content with my life B Nothing is currently lacking in my life C When I examine my life as a whole, I feel I am not meeting my aspirations* D I feel dissatisfied because I'm not doing everything that I want to be doing in my life* Rating: 1 strongly disagree . . 7 strongly agree * reversed keyed item Name: Contentment with life assesment Scale (CLASS)
ClassificationO-Sum-u-mq-n-7-b
Author's labelContentmen with Life Assessment Scale
Page in publication148
RemarksMean score not reported
Error estimatesCronbach alpha .86
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Full textSelfreport on single question: Considering your life as a whole, how does it measure up to your general aspirations or what you want out of life/, Generally does life provide of what you want 1 nothing 2 3 4 half 5 6 7 all
ClassificationC-W-g-sq-v-7-a
RemarksFinding not reported in this publication.
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
Aspirarion achievement discrepanciesL04aeComparative appraisals of life-as-a-whole
Aspirarion achievement discrepanciesH07aa03Overall happiness and contentment, also classified as above ↑
Aspirarion achievement discrepanciesL07ac02bPerceived realization of life-goal set, also classified as above ↑
Change average happinessH04ab01bPast happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago)
Change average happinessG01aaSex (male vs female), also classified as above ↑
Crime-Related Worries indexW07ab02Specific worries
Difficulty meeting housing costsH22ae01Concern about housing
Difficulty meeting housing costsH22acCost of housing, also classified as above ↑
GenderG01aaSex (male vs female)
Index of TroublesL16acAttitudes to local environment
Index of TroublesL12ac02Attitudes to local facilities, also classified as above ↑
Index of TroublesW07ab02Specific worries , also classified as above ↑
Mental healthM15ac04Feeling cheerful (vs gloomy)
Mental healthA03ab03Hedonic tone in affect, also classified as above ↑
Mental healthH13ab02bScores on symptom inventories, also classified as above ↑
Percentage of income spent on housing costH22acCost of housing
Satisfaction with achievements in lifeL07ac02Perceived realization of life-goals
Satisfaction with achievements in lifeL04ac01pSuccessful (vs failure), also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with familyF02ag02Satisfaction with family
Satisfaction with feeling part of communityL17ac01Attitude to community
Satisfaction with feeling part of communityA06abCurrent anomy, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with friendshipsF06ah04Satisfaction with friends
Satisfaction with future securityT01ab04cOrientation on the future
Satisfaction with future securityH19ab01Specific personal hopes , also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with government officialsP09ag01cAttitudes to government accomplishments
Satisfaction with healthH14af04Satisfaction with health
Satisfaction with housingH22ae02Satisfaction with housing
Satisfaction with living partnerM03ac03Satisfaction with marriage
Satisfaction with neighbourhoodL16ac03Satisfaction with local environment
Satisfaction with recreationL03ad03Satisfaction with leisure
Satisfaction with romantic relationshipsF06ah04Satisfaction with friends
Satisfaction with sense of meaning of lifeM05acSatisfaction with meaning
Satisfaction wth self-esteemS02ahAttitudes to own self-image
Satisfaction wth self-esteemS02aeCurrent satisfaction with self, also classified as above ↑
Satisfcation with financial securityI01af05Satisfaction with income\finances
Social SupportIndexI07abCurrent intimate relationships
Social SupportIndexS10ab02Sources of current support, also classified as above ↑