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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
O-SLu-u-sq-n-11-a
Focus:
Overall: Satisfaction with life (unspecified) (O-SLu)
Time frame:
time unspecified (u)
Mode:
1 question (sq)
Scale Type:
numeric scale (n)
Scale Range:
11

Description

Selfreport on single question:

All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life?

I want you to pick a number between 0 and 10 that indicates your level of satisfaction. The more satisfied you are, the higher the number you should pick. The less satisfied you are, the lower the number.
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10

This item is at the end of a list of identical questions about satisfaction in specific domains of life: home, employment opportunities, financial situation, safety, neighborhood, health and free time

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Headey et al. (1995): study HU 1992 16+ aged, general public, Hungary 1992 N = 4266
Mean
= 5.800
SD
= 2.700
Booth & VanOurs (2009): study AU 2001 Couples, Australia, followed 4 years 2001-2004 N = 8170
Mean
= 7.950
SD
= 0.130
Drenth et al. (1983): study NL 1981 /1 Employed, unemployed and retired people, Netherlands, 1981 N = 905
Mean
= 7.520
SD
= 1.440
Ambrey et al. (2013): study AU Queensland 2000 45+ aged general public, South East Queensland, Australia, 2000-2001 N = 923
Mean
= 7.917
SD
= 1.604