Findings on happiness in Warr (1978): study GB 1976

Publication
Author(s)Warr, P.
TitleA Study of Psychological Well-Being.
SourceThe British Journal of Psychology, 1978, Vol. 6, 111 - 121
Investigation
PublicSteel workers, 6 months after closure of plant, Manchester, UK, 1976
Survey nameNot available
 The sample was part of a follow-up study of redundant steel workers By the time of the interview about half had found a new job.
SampleNot available
 Non probability chunk sample : all workers of a plant in the outskirts of Manchester which had closed six months earlier. The sample comprised 1655 respondents, representing 78 % of the rendundant group.
Respondents N =1655
Non Response9 % (4 % ill, 5 % refused), 13 % not contacted
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Highly structured interview at home
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Here are some words and phrases. We would like you to use these in describing how you feel about your present life.. 1 unhappy 2 3 4 5 6 7 happy (originally presented horizontally) Item in Campbell's semantic differential scale
ClassificationO-HL-c-sq-n-7-a
Author's labelPresent Life (PL 11)
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Mean5.898.20
Standard deviation1.48


Full textSelfreport on single question: Here are some words and phrases we would like you to use to describe how you feel about your present life..... 1 unsuccessful 2 3 4 5 6 7 successful Item in: Campbell's Semantic Differential Scale
ClassificationM-CO-c-sq-n-7-a
Author's labelPresent Life (PL 9)
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Mean4.956.60
Standard deviation1.68


Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
AnxietiesW07ab02Specific worries
Anxiety about debtsP12acAttitudes to one's possessions
Anxiety about familyF02ag01Concern about family
Anxiety about growing oldA04af01dAttitude to ageing (getting older)
Anxiety about healthH14af01Concerns about health
Anxiety about jobW05aeWorries about work
Anxiety about mentalbreakdownH13ab02cFeels close to mental breakdown
Anxiety about moneyI01af01bWorrying about money
Anxiety about neighboursS06ac01Concern about personal contacts
Anxiety about unemploymentE02ag02Concern about (un)employment
Anxiety about worldW07ab02Specific worries
EmploymentE02abCurrent employment status
Feelings about present life_AL04ac02aSummed life aspect evaluations (semantic differential scales)
Feelings about present life_BL04ac02aSummed life aspect evaluations (semantic differential scales)
Negative affectM15ac04bFeeling down (vs not)
Positive affectM15ac04aFeeling elated (vs not)
Worry in generalW07ab01Amount of worrying