Findings on happiness in Cummins et al. (2002a): study AU 2002

Author(s)Cummins, R.A.; Davern, M.T.; Eckersley, R.; Okerstrom, E.; Pallant, J.
TitleAustralian Unity Wellbeing Index, Survey 3, Report 3.2. The Impact of Personal Relationships and Household Structure on the Wellbeing of Australians.
SourceAustralian Center on Quality of Life, 2002, Melbourne, Australia
Public18+ aged, general public, Australia, 2002
 Fluent in English
Collect period2-3
Survey nameNot available
 Wave 3 of Australian Unity Wellbeing Survey
SampleProbability area sample
 Randomly drawn telephone numbers
Respondents N =2110
Non Response70%
AssesmentInterview: telephone (CATI)
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Thinking about your own life and personal circumstances, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole? 1 very dissatisfied 2 3 4 5 neutral 6 7 8 9 10 very satisfied First item in Cummins' 'Personal Well-being Scale' (labels used until 2005)
Author's labelLife as a whole
Page in publication7
RemarksThe values presented in the report are stretched to range 0-100
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation17.861.79

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
Household IncomeI01ab03Household income
Household Structure Differences: alone vs partnerH20ab01Living alone or not
Marital status, Divorced vs MarriedM02aa03Married vs divorced
Marital status, Married vs DefactoM02aa07Formally-married vs living-as-married
Marital status, never married vs marriedM02aa01Married vs never married
Marital status, Separated vs MarriedM02aa04Married vs separated
Marital status, Widowed vs MarriedM02aa02Married vs widowed
Personal Wellbeing IndexL04ad02Satisfaction with multiple domains of life
Satisfaction with RelationshipsI07af02Satisfaction with intimacy
Satisfaction with AchievementS02ae02Satisfaction with own accomplishments
Satisfaction with AchievementL04ac01pSuccessful (vs failure), also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with CommunityL17ab01cPerceived cohesion in community
Satisfaction with healthH14af04Satisfaction with health
Satisfaction with SafetyL17ab02bSatisfaction with safety in community
Satisfaction with Standard of LivingI01af05eSatisfaction with standard of living