Findings on happiness in Brinkerhoff & Jacob (1987): study ZZ Anglo-America 1983

Author(s)Brinkerhoff, M.B.; Jacob, J.C.
TitleQuasi-Religious Meaning Systems, Official Religion and Quality of Life in an Alternative Lifestyle: A Survey from the Back-to-the-Land Movement.
SourceJournal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 1987, Vol. 26, 63 - 80
Public'Back to the land' mini farmers, West USA and Canada,1984
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 animals
Respondents N =554
Non Response33.8%
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Mailed questionnaire
General remarksSame study also reported in BRINK 1986A Some correlates were mentioned in both research reports: educational level, family skill index, property size, family income, rural urban origins, socio-economic status, inner peace, earth care. These double-reported findings are summarized in the exerpt of BRINK 1986A
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 publication13
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Back to the land world viewL09ab02aAlternative life style
Back to the land world viewV02ab04Ecological values, also classified as above ↑
Curch attendanceR12ad02Participation in church
DenominationR12ad01Church-member or not
Family sizeC03ab01Number of children
Religious mindednessR12af02Self-definition as religious
Self relianceL09ab02aAlternative life style
Self relianceF04ab04Self reliance, also classified as above ↑
Self sufficiency in food productionL09ab02aAlternative life style
Self sufficiency in food productionI01ad03eNon-money income from farming, also classified as above ↑
Technological self-relianceL09ab02aAlternative life style
Technological self-relianceF04ab04Self reliance, also classified as above ↑
Value self-relianceL09ab02aAlternative life style
Value self-relianceV02ab05Economical values, also classified as above ↑
Value voluntary simplicutyL09ab02aAlternative life style
Value voluntary simplicutyV02aa01cMaterialism, also classified as above ↑