Findings on happiness in Headey & Wearing (1981): study AU AU Victoria 1978

Publication
Author(s)Headey, B.; Wearing, A.J.
TitleAustralians' Priorities, Satisfaction and Well-Being.
SourceMonograph in Public Policy Studies, nr. 4, University of Melbourne, 1981, Australia
Investigation
PublicAdults, general public, Melbourne, Australia, 1978-1981
 Selected from 1981 "mini"-panel: 184 of the 555 of the 1978 Melbourne metropolitan survey
 T1: 1978, T2: December 1980/January 1981
Survey nameNot available
SampleProbability simple random sample
Respondents N =31
Non Response0
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 31 respondents surveyed in 1978, to be re-surveyed in January 1981 were interviewed in-depth in December 1980/January 1981 by a qualified psychologist
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question asked twice 'How do you feel about your life as a whole?' 1 terrible 2 very unhappy 3 unhappy 4 mostly dissatisfied 5 mixed feelings 6 mostly satisfied 7 pleased 8 very pleased 9 delighted
ClassificationO-DT-u-sqt-v-9-a
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Full textIn-depths interview by a qualified psychologist involving open questions and probes about various topics, such as activities, friendships, sources of self-self fulfilment and life-satisfaction. Transcripts of the interviews were then scored by two coders, who were unaware of the surveys results. The coders scored life-satisfaction using the following scale. 'How does the respondent feel about his/her life as a whole'? 1 terrible 2 very unhappy 3 unhappy 4 mostly dissatisfied 5 mixed feelings 6 mostly satisfied 7 pleased 8 very pleased 9 delighted
ClassificationO-DT-u-fi-v-9-a
Error estimatesCorrelation between Coder 1 and Coder 2 +0.64
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
In-depth interviewI06aa03Method of interrogation
In-depth interviewH07aa01oO-DT by O-open, also classified as above ↑
In-depth interviewH09ab06Rating of happiness by clinician, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with life-as-a-wholeH07aa01lO-DT by O-DT
Satisfaction with life-as-a-wholeH07aa01nO-DT by O-further, also classified as above ↑