Findings on happiness in Andrews (1991): study US 1980

Author(s)Andrews, F.M.
TitleStability and Change in Levels and Structure of Subjective Well-Being: USA 1972 and 1988.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 1991, Vol. 25, 1 - 30
DOIDOI: 10.1007/BF00727649
PublicAdults, general public, USA, 1972-1988
 1972 -1988
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Probability multi-stage
Respondents N =2985
 1972: 2369, 1988: 616
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 1972: face to face interview 1988: telephone interview
General remarksData 1972 also reported in ANDRE 1974 and ANDRE 1976
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question, asked twice in interview: How do you feel about your life as a whole......? 7 delighted 6 pleased 5 mostly satisfied 4 mixed 3 mostly dissatisfied 2 unhappy 1 terrible Summation: arithmetic mean Name: Andrews & Withey's "Delighted-Terrible Scale" (original version) Also known as Lehman's 'Global lifesatisfaction'
Author's labelLife 3, global well-being
Remarks1972: M= 5.4 Ms'= 7.3 1988: M= 5.8 Ms'= 8.0
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Age cohortA04abCurrent age (in years)
Life aspect satisfactionsL04ad02Satisfaction with multiple domains of life
Satisfaction with accomplishmentsS02ae02Satisfaction with own accomplishments
Satisfaction with accomplishmentsL04ac01pSuccessful (vs failure), also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with family incomeI01af05aSatisfaction with income
Satisfaction with funL04ac01lPleasant (vs unpleasant)
Satisfaction with healthH14af04Satisfaction with health
Satisfaction with national governmentP09ag01aAttitudes to national government
Satisfaction with use of spare timeL03ad03bSatisfaction with leisure activities
Socioeconomic statusS09aa03Later socio-economic status
White raceE04ab03tEthnic status in the USA