Findings on happiness in Brinkerhoff & Jacob (1986): study ZZ Anglo-America 1983

Author(s)Brinkerhoff, M.B.; Jacob, J.C.
TitleQuality of Life in an Alternative Lifestyle: The Smallholding Movement.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 1986, Vol. 18, 153 - 173
Public'Back to the land' mini-farmers, West USA and Canada,198?
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
 sub-scribers of "back to the land magazines", living on a property, that is large enough to keep at least some small farm animals
Respondents N =510
Non Response44 %
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Mailed questionnaire
General remarksSame study also reported in BRINK 1986B
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking all things together, would you say you are.....? 4 very happy 3 quite happy 2 not very happy 1 not at all happy.
Author's labelGeneral Happiness
Page in publication160
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Area of originL16aa01Earlier residence
Area of originF01ah02Rural upbringing, also classified as above ↑
Children at homeC03ab02Children in the household
Community approvalP10ab02dPopularity in community
Community approvalV04acSocial acceptance of own values, also classified as above ↑
EducationE01ab02Level of school-education
Family incomeI01ab03Household income
Family sizeC03ab02Children in the household
Family skill indexL09ab02aAlternative life style
Family skill indexF02adCharacteristics of family members, also classified as above ↑
Family skill indexF04ab04Self reliance, also classified as above ↑
GenderG01aaSex (male vs female)
Global commitment to lifestyleL09ab02aAlternative life style
Global commitment to lifestyleV02ab04Ecological values, also classified as above ↑
Helping neighboursH18abCurrent helping
Helping neighboursS11ab02People supported, also classified as above ↑
Inner peaceV02aa01Terminal values
Local politicsP09ab02Political participation
Marital statusM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
Occupational levelS09ab01'Objective' socio-economic status
Occupational levelO01ab02Kind of occupation (profession), also classified as above ↑
Outdoor leisureL03ac03Place of leisure (indoor vs outdoor)
ParticipationS08abCurrent total social participation
Property sizeP12ab02aaLand owned
Property sizeF04ac01Size of farm, also classified as above ↑
Rushed feelingsM15ac15Feeling tranquil (vs restless)
Technical self-relianceL09ab02aAlternative life style
Technical self-relianceF04adAttitudes to farming, also classified as above ↑
Tied to propertyT01adCurrent time-usage
Time for leisureL03abCurrent leisure time
Value earth careL09ab02aAlternative life style
Value earth careV02ab04Ecological values, also classified as above ↑
Value freedomV02aa01Terminal values
Value materialismL09ab02aAlternative life style
Value materialismV02ab05Economical values, also classified as above ↑
Value self-reliance valueL09ab02aAlternative life style
Value self-reliance valueV02ab05Economical values, also classified as above ↑
Years at residenceL09ab02aAlternative life style
Years at residenceM09aa01cTime since last move, also classified as above ↑
Years in urban areaL16aa01Earlier residence