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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
O-SLW-c-sq-n-7-a
Focus:
Overall: Satisfaction w Life as a Whole (O-SLW)
Time frame:
currently (today, these days, presently) (c)
Mode:
1 question (sq)
Scale Type:
numeric scale (n)
Scale Range:
7

Description

Selfreport on single question:

We have talked about various parts of your life, now I want to ask you about your life as a whole. How satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days.....?
7  completely satisfied
6
5
4  neutral
3
2
1  completely dissatisfied

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Campbell (1981): study US 1978 18+ aged, general public, USA, 1978 N = 3692
Levitt et al. (1986): study US 1984 Mothers of 13-months infants, Florida, U.S.A., 1984 N = 43
Andrews & Withey (1976): study US 1972 /2 18+ aged, general public, USA, Nov 1972 N = 1072
Mean
= 5.440
SD
= 1.169
Forrester (1980): study US San Diego County, California 1980 21-71 aged divorced women, San Diego, California, USA, 1980 N = 70
Mean
= 4.870
SD
= 1.230
Andrews & Withey (1976): study US 1972 /3 18+ aged, general public, United States, 1972 N = 1118
Mean
= 5.390
SD
= 1.148
Kahn et al. (1985): study US 1963 Allumni artschool followed 18 years, USA, 1963-81 N = 71
Herzog et al. (1982): study US 1971 25-97 aged, general public, USA, 1971-1978 N = 1500
Zehner (1977): study US 1973 Residents communities,planned and unplanned, USA, 1973 N = 3894
Hadaway (1978): study US 1971 18+ aged, general public, USA, 1971 N = 2164
Mean
= 5.700
Campbell et al. (1976): study US 1971 18+ aged, general public, USA, 1971 N = 2164
Mean
= 2.456
SD
= 1.250
Wright (1978): study US 1971 White married women, USA, 1971-76 N = 2541
Mean
= 4.850
SD
= 1.070
Bach et al. (1991): study US 1989 Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy patients and controls, USA, 1985 N = 335
Mean
= 5.150
SD
= 1.250
Evans et al. (1990): study US 1986 Patients with end-stage renal disease , USA, followed 11 month, 1986 N = 329
Mean
= 5.630
SD
= 1.770
Evans et al. (1985a): study US 1980 Patients with end-stage renal disease, 11 dialysis and transplantation centers, USA., 198? N = 859
Mean
= 5.250
SD
= 1.620
Headey et al. (2008): study GB 2000 15+ aged, general public, Great Britain, 2000 N = 14101
Jelicic & Kempen (1999): study NL Goningen 1992 57+ aged, North Netherlands, 1992 N = 8723
Mean
= 1285.500
Ferree (1984): study US 1971 White married women, USA, 1971-76 N = 2541
Mean
= 5.810
Lewis & Joseph (1996a): study GB 1993 Students, Northern Ireland, 1993 N = 63
Simmons et al. (1988): study US 1980 Renal patients, 1-year post transplant, USA 1980-84 N = 113
Mean
= 5.630
Baker et al. (2005): study US 1986 60+ aged, USA, followed 3 years 1986-1989 N = 1279
Mean
= 5.600
SD
= 1.500
Veenhoven & Ehrhardt (1995): study ZZ World samples 1985 University students, 39 nations around 1985 N = 18032
Mean
= 4.630
SD
= 0.990
Cutler (1981): study US 1971 Adults, general public, USA, 1971 N = 2390
Wrzesniewski et al. (1997): study US Pennsylvania 1996 University employees, Pennsylvania, USA, 1996 N = 135
Mean
= 4.900
SD
= 1.100
Hsieh (2016): study US 1971 18+ aged, general public, USA 1971 N = 2164