Findings on happiness in Mielke (1997): study DE 1990

Author(s)Mielke, C.
TitleWohlbefinden und Fitness. Eine empirische Analyse zur Lebens-, Gesundheits- und Freizeitzufriedenheit šlterer Menschen. (Welfare and Fitness of Elderly).
SourceDissertation, University of Cologne, Medical Faculty, 1997, Germany
Public16+ aged, general public, Germany, 1990-1991
Survey nameNot available
SampleProbability systematic sample
Respondents N =6000
Non Responseonknown
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question : "Some people seem to be quite happy and satisfied with their lives, while others seem quite unhappy and dissatisfied. Now look at this ladder (again). Suppose that a person who is entirely satisfied with his life would be at the top of the ladder and a person who is extremely dissatisfied with his life would be at the bottom of the ladder. Where would you put yourself on the ladder at the present stage of your life in terms of how satisfied or dissatisfied you are with your personal life?" [ 10 ] entirely satisfied [ 9 ] [ 8 ] [ 7 ] [ 6 ] [ 5 ] [ 4 ] [ 3 ] [ 2 ] [ 1 ] [ 0 ] entirely dissatisfied Name Cantril ladder rating (modified version)
Author's labelSatisfaction with life
Page in publication27
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
ageA04abCurrent age (in years)
artistic activitiesfrC14ab02Active participation
having childrenC03CHILDREN: HAVING (parental status)
involvement in sportsS12ab01aActive involvement in sports
satisfaction with healthH14af04Satisfaction with health
satisfaction with leisureL03ad03Satisfaction with leisure
satisfaction with time for leisureL03ad03aSatisfaction with time for leisure
satisfaction with use of leisure-timeL03ad03bSatisfaction with leisure activities
sexeG01aaSex (male vs female)
worksatisfactionW05adCurrent satisfaction with work