Findings on happiness in Sigelman (1981): study US 1974

Author(s)Sigelman, L.
TitleIs Ignorance Bliss? A Reconsideration of the Folk Wisdom.
SourceHuman Relations, 1981, Vol. 34, 965 - 974
Public18+ aged, general public, USA, 1974-76
Survey nameNot available
 General Social Survey 1974 and 1976 (NORC)
SampleNot available
 Pooled probability multi stage sample.
Respondents N =2650
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Highly structured
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taken all together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say that you are....? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy
Author's labelHappiness
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
AnomiaA06aaDevelopment of anomy
Church attendanceR12ad02Participation in church
EducationE01ab02Level of school-education
Family incomeI01ab03Household income
Health conditionH14ab02aGlobal health rating
Male sexG01aaSex (male vs female)
Married statusM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
not namedS15ab15Socio-demographic + health + personality
Political participationP09ab02cVoting
Satisfaction with four areas of lifeL04ad02cDwelling + leisure + social life
White raceE04ab03tEthnic status in the USA