Findings on happiness in Mastekaasa & Moum (1984): study NO 1982

Author(s)Mastekaasa, A.; Moum, T.
TitleThe Perceived Quality of Life in Norway: Regional Variations and Contextual Effects.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 1984, Vol. 14, 385 - 419
Public18-79 aged, general public, Norway, 1982
Survey nameNot available
 European Value Study. Same study also reported in HALMA 1987.
SampleNot available
 National multi-stage probability sampling. Respondents in the 18-24 age category were somewhat oversampled.
Respondents N =972
Non Response22%
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interview
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Do you feel that your life at present is.....? 4 very happy 3 quite happy 2 unhappy 1 very unhappy
Author's labelHappiness
Finding used in
nation ranks

Full textSelfreport on single question: Ss were asked to rate themselves on an 1 - 10 rating ladder in terms of their self-perceived life satisfaction. (Full question not reported). [ 10 ] + [ 9 ] [ 8 ] [ 7 ] [ 6 ] [ 5 ] [ 4 ] [ 3 ] [ 2 ] [ 1 ] -- (labels of scale extremes not reported)
Author's labelOverall life satisfaction
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
County in NorwayR01ab20Region in Norway
Degree of urbanizationL13ab02Community size
Economic level of the countyR04abCurrent economic conditions in one's region
EducationE01ab02Level of school-education
Household sizeH20ab03Number of persons in household
IncomeI01abCurrent income level (unspecified)
Joint effectsS15ab02Socio-demographic + environmental factors
Male sexG01aaSex (male vs female)
Marital statusM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
Occupational prestigeO01ac01aSocial prestige of occupation
Occupationally activeE02abCurrent employment status
Traditionalism of the countyL17abCurrent characteristics of local society
Traditionalism of the countyL17ab05Social probems in vinicity, also classified as above ↑