Findings on happiness in Buttel et al. (1977): study US Wisconsin 1974

Publication
Author(s)Buttel, F.H.; Martinson, O.B.; Wilkening, E.A.
TitleIdeology and Social Indicators of the Quality of Life.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 1977, Vol. 4, 353 - 369
DOIDOI:10.1007/BF00353138
Investigation
Public18+ aged, general public, Winconsin, USA, 1974
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Multi stage probability sample
Respondents N =548
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interview
General remarksSame study also reported in BHARA 1977, LINN 1980, MARTI 1984, 1985 and WILKE 1978/1
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: "How do you feel about what you are accomplishing in life...?" 7 completely satisfied 6 very satisfied 5 satisfied 4 satisfied-dissatisfied 3 dissatisfied 2 very dissatisfied 1 completely dissatisfied.
ClassificationC-A-u-sq-v-7-a
Author's labelSatisfaction with life acomplishment
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Mean5.006.70
Standard deviation1.10


Full textSelfreport on single question : How do you feel about your life as a whole.....? 7 completely satisfied 6 very satisfied 5 satisfied 4 satisfied/dissatisfied 3 dissatisfied 2 very dissatisfied 1 completely dissatisfied
ClassificationO-SLW-u-sq-v-7-b
Author's labelSatisfaction with life as a whole
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Mean5.207.00
Standard deviation0.90


Full textSelfreport on single question: In general, how happy would you say you are these days.....? 7 extremely happy 6 very happy 5 pretty happy 4 not too happy 3 a bit unhappy 2 pretty unhappy 1 very unhappy
ClassificationO-HL-c-sq-v-7-a
Author's labelHappiness
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Mean5.407.30
Standard deviation0.90


Full textSelfreport on 3 questions: A How do you feel about what you are accomplishing in life? B How do you feel about your life as a whole? C In general, how happy would you say you are these days? Answer options: 7 completely satisfied 6 very satisfied 5 satisfied 4 satisfied - dissatisfied 3 dissatisfied 2 very dissatisfied 1 completely dissatisfied Possible range 3 - 21
ClassificationM-CO-u-mq-v-7-a
Author's labelOverall life satisfaction
Error estimatesValidity: Cronbachs alpha = .72
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Mean15.607.30
Standard deviation2.30


Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
EducationE01ab02Level of school-education
Family incomeI01ab03Household income
Happiness_AH07aa01bO-HL by O-SL
Happiness_BH07aa03cO-HL by C-RW
Maried statusM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
Organizational membershipS07ab01Membership of voluntary organizations
Place of residenceL14ab02Community size
Political cynismP09ag05Perceived political control
Satisfaction with communityL17ac01Attitude to community
Satisfaction with environmentL14ac02Attitude to local natural environment
Satisfaction with house, apartmentH22ae02Satisfaction with housing
Satisfaction with life acomplishmentH07aa03cO-HL by C-RW
Satisfaction with life acomplishmentH07aa04gO-SL by M-CO, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with life acomplishmentL04ac01pSuccessful (vs failure), also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with life as a wholeH07aa01bO-HL by O-SL
Satisfaction with life as a wholeH07aa03Overall happiness and contentment, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with neighborhoodL16ac03Satisfaction with local environment
Satisfaction with quality of crime prevention & controlL12ac02abSatisfaction with local police
Satisfaction with quality of indoor recreationL12ac02acSatisfaction with local recreation
Satisfaction with quality of medical servicesL12ac02aaSatisfaction with medical services
Satisfaction with quality of outdoor recreationL12ac02acSatisfaction with local recreation
Satisfaction with quality of public schoolsL12ac02aeSatisfaction with local schools
Satisfaction with quality of public schoolsS01af05aSatisfaction with school-facilities, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with quality of stores & retail servicesL12ac02afSatisfaction with local shops
Satisfaction with quality of streets and roadsL12ac02agSatisfaction with neatness of local streets
Satisfaction with spare timeL03ad03bSatisfaction with leisure activities
Satisfaction with standard of livingI01af05eSatisfaction with standard of living
Social participationS06abCurrent contacts
Stratification system illegitimacyN14ab06acAttitudes to social inequality