Findings on happiness in Levy (1978): study US 1977

Publication
Author(s)Levy, S.M.
TitleSome Determinants of Temporal Experience in the Retired and its Correlates.
SourceGenetic Psychology Monographs, 1978, Vol. 98, 181 - 202
URLhttp://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/1979-30778-001
Investigation
Public52-74 aged white male retirees, from two universities Mid-West U.S.A. 1977
Collect period10
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Non-probability chunk sample of retirees from two universities
Respondents N =70
Non Response36% (12% refusals, 24% not available)
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Focused interviews at home and content-analysis of tapes
General remarks
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport in focused interview: Content analysis of interview protocols by 3 independent rates. 1 no satisfaction expressed 2 3 4 mild contentment 5 6 7 overall joy in living Summation: scales we summed
ClassificationM-CO-c-fi-v-7-a
Author's labelContentment-happiness
Error estimatesReliability: high inter-rate agreement: rą .80
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Full textSelfreport in focused interview: Content analysis of tapes of a focused interview by three independent raters. `Sense of life satisfaction' was scored on a seven-point scale. Rating options; 1 deep regret for the course of life 2 3 4 5 6 7 complete satisfaction with one's life, no regret Scores of raters were averaged.
ClassificationO-SLC-g-fi-v-7-a
Author's labelSense of life satisfaction
Error estimatesReliability: high inter-tate agreement: rą +.80
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
Disconnected PresentT01ab05Perceived continuity of time
ExtensionT01ab04cOrientation on the future
Speed of objective timeT01ab02Perceived speed of time