Findings on happiness in Thomas & Hughes (1986): study US 1972

Author(s)Thomas, M.E.; Hughes, M.D.
TitleThe Continuing Significance of Race: A study of Race, Class, and Quality of Life in America, 1972- 1985.
SourceAmerican Sociological Review, 1986, Vol. 51, 830 - 841
Public18+ aged, general public, USA, 1972-85
Survey nameNot available
 General Social Survey 1972- 1985
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
 Yearly samples of about 1500 (of which 170 blacks, except in 1982 354 blacks)
Respondents N =18000
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interview
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taken all together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say that you are....? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy
Author's labelGeneral happiness
Page in publication835
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 3On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeingH04ab02aChange over life time
RaceE04ab03tEthnic status in the USA