Findings on happiness in Hunsberger (1985): study CA 1982

Publication
Author(s)Hunsberger, B.E.
TitleReligion, Age, Life Satisfaction and Perceived Sources of Religiousness: A Study of Older Persons.
SourceJournal of Gerontology, 1985, Vol. 40, 615 - 620
Investigation
Public65+ aged, general public, Ontario Canada, 1982
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Purposive sampling: Expert choice
Respondents N =85
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured personal interview
General remarksIn this study a timegraph is used which measures perceived earlier happiness retrospectively.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking all things into account, how happy would you say you are these days? 1 not too happy 2 moderately happy 3 very happy
ClassificationO-HL-c-sq-v-3-ae
Author's labelHappiness
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Full textSelfreport on life graph: Ss indicated their happiness on a graph, with 10-year time intervals and a happiness scale ranging from +10 (very happy to -10 (very unhappy) The last years rating serves as a measure of present happiness 20 | + 10 very happy 19 | 18 17 | 16 | 15 14 | 13 | 12 | 11 | 0 neutral 10 | 9 | 8 | 7 | 6 | 5 | 4 | 3 | 2 | 1 | -10 very unhappy ______________________________________ 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 year
ClassificationO-SLC-c-sq-lg-21-a
Author's labelHappiness
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
Agree with beliefs taughtR10aa02Change in religion
Background religiousemphasisF01ah01Religious upbringing
Christian orthodoxyR10ab03aChristian orthodoxy
Church AttendanceR10ad02Participation in church
Importance of beliefsR10af01Concern about religion