Findings on happiness in Kennedy & Mehra (1985): study CA Edmonton CMA 1977

Publication
Author(s)Kennedy, L.W.; Mehra, N.
TitleEffects of Social Change on Well-Being: Boom and Bust in a Western Canadian City.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 1985, Vol. 17, 101 - 113
DOIdoi:10.1007/BF00302416
Investigation
Public18+ aged, general public, City of Edmonton, Canada, 1977-1984
 1977,1978,1979,1980,1981,1982,1983,1984
Survey nameNot available
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
  8 Annual surveys. All residential telephone subscribers; proportionally stratified by size and equal selection of each household; quota to equal male and female.
Respondents N =3440
 Total respondents over 8 years 3440. N ranged in size from 341 to 507.
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Highly structured
General remarks1977 data also reported in KENNE 1978.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: "All in all, how satisfied are you with your life these days.....?" 1 very dissatisfied 2 3 4 5 6 7 very satisfied
ClassificationO-SLu-c-sq-n-7-b
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication107
Remarks 1977: Ms = 8,8 M= 5,6 N=335 1978: = 9,1 = 5,78 =447 1979: =9,0 = 5,7 =438 1980: n.a. 1981: =9,0 =5,7 =399 1982: =8,8 =5,62 =506 1983: =9,0 =5,72 =419 1984: =8,8 =5,62 =448 All years =8,9 =5,68 = 2992
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Mean8.905.68
Standard deviation


Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
Family satisfactionF03ac02Satisfaction with family-life
Financial well-being in previous yearI01aa02cChange to better or worse
Friendship satisfactionF06ah04Satisfaction with friends
Health satisfactionH14af04Satisfaction with health
Job satisfactionW05ad01Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole
Joint effectsS15ab31Socio-demographic + life appriasals + life events
Level of educationE01ab02Level of school-education
Male sexG01aaSex (male vs female)
Neigbourhood satisfactionL16ac03Satisfaction with local environment
Non-work activities satisfactionL03ad03bSatisfaction with leisure activities
objective change in social environmentS08aa02Change in total social participation
Standard of living satisfactionI01af05eSatisfaction with standard of living
Things wanted to do-satisfactionA02ad03Satisfaction with activity-pattern