Findings on happiness in Mitchell (1972): study HK 1967

Author(s)Mitchell, R.E.
TitleLevels of Emotional Strain in East Asian Cities.
SourceAsian Folklore & Social Life Monographs, The Orient Cultural Service, 1972, Taipei, Formosa
Public18+ aged, general public, Hong Kong, 1967
Survey nameNot available
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
 Probability multi stage large scale sample survey (three-stage sample). The persons who were questioned were age 18 and over, all living in the urban areas of the colony, including Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, New Kowloon and Tsun Wan. Only Chinese households were pre-listed.
Respondents N =3966
 2006 men, 1960 women
Non Response21%
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
General remarksA split-interview schedule was used : approximately two-thirds of the questions were asked of both halves of the sample, but each half had some questions that were only asked of it. Less than 5% of all people contacted refused to be interviewed.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Do you feel your life at present is.....? 4 very happy 3 quite happy 2 quite unhappy 1 very unhappy
Author's labelHappiness
Remarksrange from 0 -3. Per cent who are quite or very happy : 67%
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Be a good family personI07ad02Perceived opportunities for contacts
Be a good family personS02ad03bRelative superiority, also classified as above ↑
Be a good family personS02ae01Satisfaction with oneself-as-a-person, also classified as above ↑
Be a good family personP05cySociable, also classified as above ↑
Downward mobilityS05ab01Inter-generational mobility
Educational levelE01ab02Level of school-education
Emotional illnessH15ab02Current mental complaints
Family incomeI01ab03Household income
HostilityP05aaAggressive, angry
Male sexG01aaSex (male vs female)
Perceived relative incomeI01aeRelative income
Physical healthH14ab02aGlobal health rating
Respectable jobO01ad03Attitudes to current job
Respectable jobS09abCurrent socio-economic status , also classified as above ↑
SchoolingE01adAttitudes to one's education