Abrams & Hall (1972): study GB 1971


Abrams, M.; Hall, J.
The Condition of the British People: Report on a Pilot Survey using Self-Rating Scales.
Unpublished Paper, Social Science Research Council, 1972, London, UK


15+ aged, middle class, Britain, 1971
N = 213
Non Response
Questionnaire: Paper & Pencil Interview (PAPI)
Halfstructured questionnaire, using both open end and closed questions.

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on single question:

"How dissatisfied would you say you are with things in general today?'
Rated on ladder scale
[ 10 ]  completely satisfied
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[  0  ]  completely dissatisfied
Author's label:
Satisfaction in general
Almost symmetric.: 20 % low (0-3), 56 % medium (4-7), 24 % high (8-10)
Observed distribution
Summary Statistics
On original range 0 - 10 On range 0-10
5.53 -
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Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Age Current age (in years) Anomy Development of anomy Male sex Sex: male (vs female) Percieved past happiness In specific periods in the past Perceived increase in satisfaction during 4 - 5 years Recent change Wish to change life Wish to change life Income Current income level (unspecified) Satisfaction with own satisfaction level Acceptance of own (un)happiness Wish to have lived in an other way in the past Wished other life Satisfaction Perceived difference with own happiness Marital status Married state (compared to non-married states) Being an old age pensioner Current status: retired or not Satisfaction with things you can do inleisure time Satisfaction with leisure activities Social grade 'Objective' socio-economic status Occupation Current occupation Satisfaction with one's family life Satisfaction with family of relatives Satisfaction with job of oneself or husband Current satisfaction with work Satisfaction with health Satisfaction with health Satisfaction with financial situation Satisfaction with financial situation Satisfaction with housing Satisfaction with housing
Build environment
Satisfaction with children's education Success of one's children Satisfaction with welfare services Attitudes to social security Percieved satisfaction of one belongs to Perceived level of happiness of specific social categories Increase in satisfaction during 4 - 5years Recent change Satisfaction with one's friendship Satisfaction with friends Satisfaction with district Satisfaction with local environment Satisfaction with the way the police and the courts work Satisfaction with local police