Findings on happiness in Alston et al. (1974): study US 1972

Author(s)Alston, J.P.; Lowe, G.D.; Wrigley, A.
TitleSocioeconomic Correlates for Four Dimensions of Self-Perceived Satisfaction, 1972.
SourceHuman Organization, 1974, Vol. 33, 99 - 102
PublicAdult, general public, USA 1972
Collect period3
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Probability multistage area sample. 1342 Whites, 260 Blacks.
Respondents N =1602
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentNot available
 Not explicitly reported
General remarksOur computation of Gammas (G') is based on the proportions 'very happy' answers.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking all together: how happy would you say you are? Would you say you are? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy
Author's labelHappiness.
Finding used in
nation ranks
Scores in123

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
Educational levelE01ab02Level of school-education
IncomeI01abCurrent income level (unspecified)
Male sexG01aaSex (male vs female)
Occupational levelO01ac01cManual or non-manual
Satisfaction with financial situationI01af05bSatisfaction with financial situation
Satisfaction with healthH14af04Satisfaction with health
Satisfaction with workW05ad01Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole
White raceE04ab03tEthnic status in the USA