Findings on happiness in Moller (1989): study ZA 1983

Author(s)Moller, V.
TitleCan't get no Satisfaction. Quality of Life in the 1980's.
SourceIndicator South Africa, 1989, Vol. 7, 43 - 46
PublicAdult, general public, urban areas, South African, 1983
Survey nameNot available
 South African Quality of Life Survey
SampleNot available
 The interviews were conducted among whites, coloured people and Indians in both large and small urban areas using multi-stage cluster sampling. Sampling procedures among blacks were as follows: In the urban township areas random samples were drawn from address lists, which were stratified by areas relating to ascertainable socio-economic differences. In the peri-urban squatter areas and in rural areas a form of systematic sampling was used, based on interviewing points appearing at distances of equal intervals along routes and thoroughfares, with random distance starting points.
Respondents N =5587
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured personal interview
General remarksData partly reported in: - Moller, V., Schlemmer, L. and du Toit, S., Quality of life in South Africa: measurement and analysis, report S-167, 1987, Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria, South Africa. In the article "I can't get no satisfaction" the author only includes township blacks in her analysis. In her report "Quality of life in South Africa: measurement and analysis" she includes not only township blacks, but also rural fringe blacks, homeland rural blacks, "white farm" blacks and hostel blacks. This exerpt is based on both articles. Same study also reported in MOLLE 1987
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking your life as a whole, are you .......? 5 very satisfied 4 quite satisfied 3 more satisfied than discontented 2 more discontented than satisfied 1 quite dissatisfied
Author's labelOverall life satisfaction
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 5On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.242.19

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Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking all things together in your life, how would you say things are these days? Would you say you are ....? 5 very happy 4 happy 3 neither happy nor unhappy 2 unhappy 1 very unhappy
Author's labelGlobal Happiness
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 5On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.262.72

Scores in12345

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Living arrangementM11ab01Involved in migrant work (vs not)
RaceE04ab03oEthnic status in South Africa
Urban livingL13ab02bRural vs urban dwelling
Working at several places and living in hostelsM11ab03Conditions of migrant work