Findings on happiness in Glatzer (1984): study XZ Germany West 1978

Author(s)Glatzer, W.
TitleDeterminanten der Zufriedenheit.(Determinants of Satisfaction.)
SourceGlatzer, W.;Zapf. W.;Eds.:"Lebensqualität in der Bundesrepublik", Campus verlag, 1984 Frankfurt, Germany, 234 - 245
Public18+ aged, general public, West-Germany, 1978-1988
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Probability multi-stage sample. (First stage : electorial districts, second stage : household, third stage : persons in household ) Weighed for age,sex, households and size of municipality according to official governmental statistics.
Respondents N =2100
 N varies from about 2000 - 2300
Non Response?
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 At home.
General remarksData of these surveys reported in : Glatzer,W & Zapf,W et al. 'Lebensqualität in der Bundesrepublik; objective Lebensbedingungen und subjectives Wohlbefinden' Frankfurt a. Main ; New York : Campus Verlag, 1984. Datafile available at ZUMA, postbox 122155 68072 Mannheim, Germany. N: 1978: 2012, 1980: 2396, 1984: 2033, 1988: 2120
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Is your life at this moment ....? 4 very happy 3 fairly happy 2 fairly unhappy 1 very unhappy
Author's labelLife happy (Leben gluecklich)
RemarksOriginally coded :1 = very happy... 4 = very unhappy Reversed in excerpt very rather rather very N var. happy % happy % unhappy % unhappy % _____________________________________________________________________________ 1978 21,5 74,0 3,8 0,7 1985 0,3 1980 25,6 68,7 5,1 0,6 2360 0,3 range : very happy(1) to very unhappy(4) reversed by us in 1 (very unhappy) to 4 (very happy). Signs of correlations reversed accordingly.
Finding used in
nation ranks

Full textSelfreport on single question; What do you think, how satisfied are you at this moment- all in all - with your life ?' 'If for instance you are totally satisfied with your life, please mark a '10'.If you are totally unsatisfied with your life, mark a '0'.If you are not completely unsatisfied nor totally satisfied range yourself somewhere between '1' and '9" 10 completely satisfied 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 completely dissatisfied
Author's labelLifesatisfaction (Lebenszufriedenheit)
RemarksRange: very unhappy(0) to very happy(10) 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 _____________________________________________________________________________ 1978 % 0,5 0,4 0,5 1,3 1,5 5,6 7,3 15,4 31,5 18,0 17,9 1980 % 0,6 0,2 0,7 0,8 1,9 8,4 8,3 17,7 29,8 13,0 18,4 _____________________________________________________________________________ N Ms SD NA 1978 % 1997 7,8 3,1 0,8 % 1980 % 2386 7,7 3,3 0,4 % _____________________________________________________________________________
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AlienationL04aeComparative appraisals of life-as-a-whole
AlienationL04ac02Multiple aspect evaluations of life, also classified as above ↑
Being studentS01ac01aInvolved in schooling or not
Church-attendanceR12ad02Participation in church
Community sizeL13ab02cSub-urban vs urban
Concern about familyF02ag01Concern about family
ConcernsC09ab02Specific concerns
ConservatismL05ac01aWish to change life, also classified as above ↑
Employment of partnerM04ab03bEmployment of spouse
Frequency of meetingfriendsF06acCurrent contacts with friends
FriendshipsF06ab01Number of close friends
Handicapped or disabled in householdH20ac01bHandicapped persons in household
Lasting sickness or disabledH14ac01Degree of restriction
Lasting sickness or disabledH12ac03Use of medicaments, also classified as above ↑
Life- satisfaction over 5 yearsH04aa04aIn the near future (up to 5 years)
Life-satisfaction 5 years agoH04aa01aIn recent past
Living together withpartnerM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
Number of friendsF06ab01Number of close friends
Number of persons inhouseholdH20ab03Number of persons in household
Number of persons inhousehold under age 18H20ab02Living with children
Perceived chances on labour-marketE02ag03Perceived chances for employment
Perceived importanceof leisure-timeP09ag02cAttitudes to social security
Perceived importanceof leisure-timeL03ad01Concern about leisure, also classified as above ↑
Perceived importanceof one's familyF02ag01Concern about family
Perceived importanceof one's familyL03ad01Concern about leisure, also classified as above ↑
Perceived importanceof one's jobW05abCurrent concern about work
Perceived importanceof specific aspects of one's jobW05ac02Preferred work-conditions
Perceived weight of of social conflictsN14ab07aAttitudes to social relations in the nation
Plans to find a jobE02ag05Aspirations for employment
Political participationP09ab02Political participation
Political interestP09ab01Political concern
Post-materialistic valuesV02ab01c(post)-materialism
Satisfaction with being housewifeE02ag06aSatisfaction with being a house-wife
Satisfaction with democracyP09ag03Attitudes to democracy
Satisfaction with division of work in householdH21ac02Satisfaction division of household-work
Satisfaction with division of work in householdW05ad03aSatisfaction with home-making, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with educationE01ad04Satisfaction with education
Satisfaction with environmental protectionP09ag02aAttitudes to environmental protection
Satisfaction with environmental protectionH14ac01Degree of restriction, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with housingH22ae02Satisfaction with housing
Satisfaction with incomeI01af05aSatisfaction with income
Satisfaction with job_AW05ad01Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole
Satisfaction with job_BW05ad01Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole
Satisfaction with leisure timeL03ad03Satisfaction with leisure
Satisfaction with leisure timeT01af03Satisfaction with leisure hours, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with marriage-partnershipM03ac03Satisfaction with marriage
Satisfaction with neighbourhoodL16ac02Attitude to neighborhood
Satisfaction with one's familyF03ac02Satisfaction with family-life
Satisfaction with physical healthH14af04Satisfaction with health
Satisfaction with physical healthI01af05eSatisfaction with standard of living, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with possibilities of political participationP09ag05Perceived political control
Satisfaction with public securityP09ag02aAttitudes to environmental protection
Satisfaction with public securityP09afAttitudes to specific political issues, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with social securityP09ag02cAttitudes to social security
Satisfaction with social securityL03ad03Satisfaction with leisure, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with specific aspects of one's jobW05ad02Satisfaction with aspects of work
Satisfaction with standard of livingI01af05aSatisfaction with income
Satisfaction with standard of livingI01af05eSatisfaction with standard of living, also classified as above ↑
Social participationS07ab01Membership of voluntary organizations
Technical outfit of the houseH22ab03aQuality of house
UrbanityL13ab02Community size
Use of medicamentsH14af04Satisfaction with health
Use of medicamentsH12ac03Use of medicaments, also classified as above ↑