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

Author(s)Cummins, R.A.; Davern, M.T.; Eckersley, R.; Lo, S.K.
TitleAustralian Unity Wellbeing Index, Survey 4, Report 4.0. The Wellbeing of Australians. 1. Work and Leisure 2. The Impact of 11 September, One Year Later.
SourceAustralian Centre on Quality of Life, 2002, Melbourne, Australia
Public18+ aged, general public, Australia, 2002
 Fluent in English
Collect period9
Survey nameNot available
 Australia Unity Wellbeing Survey, Wave 4
SampleProbability area sample
 Randomly drawn telephone numbers
Respondents N =2003
Non Response88%
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 labelSatisfaction with Life as a Whole
Page in publication97
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 deviation1.721.72

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AchievementS02ae02Satisfaction with own accomplishments
Chronological AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
CommunityL17ab01dSocial cohesion in vinicity
EthnicityL01aa01Earlier language
EthnicityN10aa01Earlier nationality (nation of origin), also classified as above ↑
HealthH14af04Satisfaction with health
Household IncomeI01ab03Household income
PWI domainsL04ad02Satisfaction with multiple domains of life
RelationshipsI07af02Satisfaction with intimacy
SafetyL17ab02bSatisfaction with safety in vinicity
Satisfaction with quality of leisureL03ad03Satisfaction with leisure
Satisfaction with quantity of leisureL03ad03Satisfaction with leisure
SecurityI01af05cSatisfaction with financial security
SecurityW07ab02Specific worries , also classified as above ↑
Standard of livingI01af05eSatisfaction with standard of living
Survey numberE03ab01aTrend in general public
Work HoursE02ad02Hours work
Work HoursT01ad08Time spent on work and care, also classified as above ↑
Work TypeE02abCurrent employment status
Work TypeO01abCurrent occupation, also classified as above ↑
Work TypeE02ab01Full-time home maker, also classified as above ↑
Work TypeS01ac01aInvolved in schooling or not, also classified as above ↑
Work TypeS07ab03Voluntary work, also classified as above ↑