Findings on happiness in Davis (1984): study US 1972

Author(s)Davis, J.A.
TitleNew Money, an Old Man/Lady and Two's Company: Subjective Welfare in the NORC General Social Surveys 1972-1982.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 1984, Vol. 15, 319 - 350.
Public18+ aged, general public, USA, 1972-1982
 English speaking, on-institutionalized
Survey nameNot available
 General Social Surveys
SampleNot available
 1972-1974: modified probability 1977-1982: multi stage probability In 1975 and 1976 a combination of these two methods was used
Respondents N =13581
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Generally speaking, how happy would you say you are.....? 3 very happy 2 fairly happy 1 not too happy
Author's labelHappiness
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 3On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.651.73

Scores in123

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Black RaceE04ab03tEthnic status in the USA
Current comparative incomeI01ae03Relative to nation
EducationE01ab02Level of school-education
Family incomeI01ab03Household income
Father's occupational prestigeF01ag03Parents occupation
Frequency of social contactsS06abCurrent contacts
Household sizeH20ab03Number of persons in household
Marital statusM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
Membership of Voluntary organisationsS07ab01Membership of voluntary organizations
Occupational prestigeO01ac01aSocial prestige of occupation
Parental family's comparative income at age 16F01ag02Parents income
Perceived racial discrimination (of Blacks in USA)N14ab07aaAttitudes to ethnic relations in nation
Perceived racial discrimination (of Blacks in USA)E04ab01aPerceived occurrence of ethnic discrimination, also classified as above ↑
Recent financial changeI01aa02aChange in income level
Visiting bars, tavernsL03ac02bEating/drinking out