Findings on happiness in Tessler & Mechanic (1975): study US 1973

Author(s)Tessler, R.; Mechanic, D.
TitleConsumer Satisfaction with Prepaid Group Practice: A Comparative Study.
SourceJournal of Health and Social Behavior, 1975, Vol. 16, 95 -113
PublicEmployees' families, two firms, USA, 1973
Collect periodsummer
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Sample from two large industrial firms that offer their employees a choice between prepaid group practice and a fee-for-service insurance plan. Firm 1: Primarily (semi-) skilled hourly employees: - all subscribers who joined the prepaid practice in July, 1972 and who were still eligible to receive care at the time of the inter- view - random sample of employees choosing the fee-for-service plan. Firm 2: Salaried white collar group of higer S.E.S.: - all subscribers who used the prepaid group practice from June 1972 until the time of the interview - random sample of comparable employees choosing the fee-for-serve plan. The prepaid practice group and the fee-for-service group were of the same size. When possible, women (usually wives of employees) were interviewed.
Respondents N =712
Non Response-
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interview
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: "Would you say that your spirits most of the time are...?" 3 very good 2 fair 1 low
Author's labelMood
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Being a housewifeE02ab01Full-time home maker
Faith in doctorsH17ad01Trust in medical professionals
Major life changesL06ab01aMajor life-change or not
MarriedM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
Readiness to seek careH17ad01Trust in medical professionals
Satisfaction with medical careH17ad02Satisfaction with health-services
Satisfaction with medical careH17ad01Trust in medical professionals, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with medical care for childrenH17ad02Satisfaction with health-services
Satisfaction with medical care for childrenH17ad01Trust in medical professionals, also classified as above ↑
Scepticism towards medical careH17ad01Trust in medical professionals
Subjective health statusH14ab02aGlobal health rating