Findings on happiness in Andrews & Withey (1976): study US 1972 /1

Publication
Author(s)Andrews, F.M.; Withey, S.B.
TitleSocial Indicators of Well-Being. Americans Perceptions of Life Quality.
SourcePlenum Press, 1976, New York, USA
Investigation
Public18+ aged, general public, USA, May 1972
Collect period5
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleProbability area sample
 Probability area sample af adults (age 18+) living in non-institutional dwelling units of the 48 coterminous states. The sample appeared to be representative for the total population with respect to age, sex and race, and consisted of 547 males and 750 females.
Respondents N =1297
Non Response24%
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 using highly structured questionnaires
General remarksSee also US 1972/2, US 1972/3, US 1972/4, US 1972/5, US 1972/6 Same study partly reported in Andrews, F.M. & Withey, S.B., 'Developing measures of perceived life quality', Social Indicator Research, 1974, vol.1, p. 1-26
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question, asked twice in interview: How do you feel about your life as a whole......? 7 delighted 6 pleased 5 mostly satisfied 4 mixed 3 mostly dissatisfied 2 unhappy 1 terrible Summation: arithmetic mean Name: Andrews & Withey's "Delighted-Terrible Scale" (original version) Also known as Lehman's 'Global lifesatisfaction'
ClassificationO-DT-u-sqt-v-7-a
Author's labelLife3 (G3)
Page in publication311
RemarksCombination of two ratings on 7-step scale results in 14 steps, with the following frequencies
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Mean5.507.50
Standard deviation0.911.52


Full textSelfreport on single question: Taken all together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say that you are....? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy
ClassificationO-HL-c-sq-v-3-aa
Author's labelThree-point happiness (G31)
Page in publication319
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 3On range 0 - 10
Mean2.187.17
Standard deviation0.571.49

Scores in123
%9.064.027.0

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
ConcernsC09abCurrent concerns
ConcernsL04ad02Satisfaction with multiple domains of life, also classified as above ↑
Educational levelE01ab02Level of school-education
Family life cycleC03abCurrent parental status
Family life cycleF02aaFamily career (family life-cycle), also classified as above ↑
Family life cycleM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states), also classified as above ↑
Family life cycleA04aa02Stage of life, also classified as above ↑
HappinessH07aa01cO-HL by O-DT
IncomeI01abCurrent income level (unspecified)
Male sexG01aaSex (male vs female)
Satisfaction with activities with familyF02ag02Satisfaction with family
Satisfaction with amount of funL04ac01lPleasant (vs unpleasant)
Satisfaction with amount of time doing things one likesL03ad03aSatisfaction with time for leisure
Satisfaction with chance to know peopleS06ac04aSatisfaction with opportunities for contact
Satisfaction with chance to know peopleI07ad02Perceived opportunities for contacts
Satisfaction with close adult relativeF03ac03Satisfaction with close adult relatives
Satisfaction with condition of natural environmentL14ac02Attitude to local natural environment
Satisfaction with consumer facilitiesL12ac02afSatisfaction with local shops
Satisfaction with cost of livingN04ad02Satisfaction with costs of living in nation
Satisfaction with familyF02ag02Satisfaction with family
Satisfaction with health and physical conditionH14af04Satisfaction with health
Satisfaction with house, apartmentH22ae02Satisfaction with housing
Satisfaction with housework, work around the houseW05ad03aSatisfaction with home-making
Satisfaction with how one gets on with peopleS06ac04aSatisfaction with opportunities for contact
Satisfaction with how one gets on with peopleS02ae01aSatisfaction with own abilities, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with jobW05ad01Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole
Satisfaction with local governmentP09ag01bAttitudes to local government
Satisfaction with material standard of livingI01af05eSatisfaction with standard of living
Satisfaction with mediaN02ac02Satisfaction with media
Satisfaction with mobilityL12ac02ahSatisfaction with local transport facilities
Satisfaction with municipal servicesP09ag02Attitudes to state-services
Satisfaction with national governmentP09ag01aAttitudes to national government
Satisfaction with neighborhoodL16ac02Attitude to neighborhood
Satisfaction with organizational membershipsS07ac02Satisfaction with organizational participation
Satisfaction with personal efficacyS02aeCurrent satisfaction with self
Satisfaction with personal efficacyS02ae01aSatisfaction with own abilities, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with recreation facilitiesL12ac02acSatisfaction with local recreation
Satisfaction with religious faithR10af03Satisfaction with religion
Satisfaction with school facilities in the areaL12ac02aeSatisfaction with local schools
Satisfaction with security from theftL17ab02bSatisfaction with safety in community
Satisfaction with social contacts and friendsF06ah04Satisfaction with friends
Satisfaction with spare time activitiesL03ad03bSatisfaction with leisure activities
Satisfaction with the way people over 40 think and actN01ac02Satisfaction with compatriots
Satisfaction with the way young people think and actN01ac02Satisfaction with compatriots
Satisfaction with the weatherL14ac02aAttitude to local climate
Satisfaction with treatment by othersN01ac02Satisfaction with compatriots
Satisfaction with use of own educationE01ad03Satisfaction with education
Socioeconomic statusS09ab01'Objective' socio-economic status
Socioeconomic statusS09acStatus consistency, also classified as above ↑
White raceE04ab03tEthnic status in the USA