Findings on happiness in Nickerson et al. (2003): study US 1976

Publication
Author(s)Nickerson, C.; Diener, E.; Schwarz, N.
TitleZeroing on the Dark Side of the American Dream: A Closer Look at the Negative Consequences of the Goal for Financial Success.
SourcePsychological Science, 2003, Vol. 14, 531 - 536
DOIDOI:10.1046/j.0956-7976.2003.psci_1461.x
Investigation
PublicStudents USA, followed 20 years 1976-1995-97
 1976, 1995-1997
Survey nameNot available
 T1: American Freshman database: 1976 T2: College and Beyond database: 1995-1997
SampleNon-probability chunk sample
 Freshman classes of 21 academically selective institutions
Respondents N =12894
Non Response45%
 T1: : 30%, T2: 25%
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How satisfied are you with your life these days? Would you say you are 5 very satisfied 4 quite satisfied 3 so so 2 not too satisfied 1 not satisfied at all
ClassificationO-SLu-c-sq-v-5-i
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
Financial GoalI01aa01eEarlier concern about income
Financial GoalI01af02Income aspirations, also classified as above ↑
Household IncomeI01aa03aLater level of income