Glatzer (1984): study XZ Germany West 1978


Glatzer, W.
Determinanten der Zufriedenheit.(Determinants of Satisfaction.)
Glatzer, W.;Zapf. W.;Eds.:"Lebensqualität in der Bundesrepublik", Campus verlag, 1984 Frankfurt, Germany, 234 - 245


18+ aged, general public, West-Germany, 1978-1988
N = 2100
Non Response
Interview: face-to-face
At home.

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on single question:

Is your life at this moment ....?
4  very happy
3  fairly happy
2  fairly unhappy
1  very unhappy
Author's label:
Life happy (Leben gluecklich)
Originally coded :1 = very happy... 4 = very unhappy
Reversed in excerpt          very         rather        rather        very          N       var.           happy %      happy %       unhappy %     unhappy %
_____________________________________________________________________________ 1978      21,5         74,0          3,8           0,7          1985      0,3
1980      25,6         68,7          5,1           0,6          2360      0,3

range : very happy(1) to very unhappy(4) reversed by us in 1 (very unhappy)
to 4 (very happy). Signs of correlations reversed accordingly.
Full text:
Self report on single question;
What do you think, how satisfied are you at this moment- all in all - with your life ?' 'If for instance you are totally satisfied with your life, please mark a '10'.If you are totally unsatisfied with your life, mark a '0'.If you are not completely unsatisfied nor totally satisfied range yourself somewhere between '1' and '9"
10   completely satisfied
0  completely dissatisfied
Author's label:
Lifesatisfaction (Lebenszufriedenheit)
Range: very unhappy(0) to very happy(10)
            0     1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9     10
1978 %     0,5   0,4   0,5   1,3   1,5   5,6   7,3   15,4  31,5   18,0   17,9
1980 %     0,6   0,2   0,7   0,8   1,9   8,4   8,3   17,7  29,8   13,0   18,4 _____________________________________________________________________________               N           Ms            SD           NA
1978 %       1997         7,8           3,1         0,8 %
1980 %       2386         7,7           3,3         0,4 %

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Technical outfit of the house Quality of house Satisfaction with housing Satisfaction with housing
Build environment
Satisfaction with neighbourhood Attitude to neighborhood Urbanity Community size Community size Sub-urban (vs urban) Post-materialistic values Post-materialist values Conservatism Wish to change life
Perceived weight of of social conflicts Attitudes to social relations in the nation Concerns Specific concerns Social participation Membership of voluntary organizations Political participation Political participation Church-attendance Participation in church Political interest Political concern Satisfaction with democracy Attitudes to democracy Satisfaction with possibilities of political participation Perceived political control Satisfaction with job_B Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole Life-satisfaction 5 years ago In recent past Life- satisfaction over 5 years In the near future (up to 5 years) Being student Involved in schooling or not Satisfaction with education Satisfaction with education Number of persons inhousehold Number of persons in household Number of persons inhousehold under age 18 Living with children Handicapped or disabled in household Handicapped persons in household Satisfaction with one's family Satisfaction with family of relatives Living together withpartner Married state (compared to non-married states) Employment of partner Employment of spouse Satisfaction with marriage-partnership Satisfaction with marriage Satisfaction with being housewife Satisfaction with being a house-wife Satisfaction with division of work in household Satisfaction division of household-work
Satisfaction with home-making
Friendships Number of close friends Number of friends Number of close friends Frequency of meetingfriends Current contacts with friends Perceived chances on labour-market Perceived chances for employment Plans to find a job Aspirations for employment Perceived importanceof specific aspects of one's job Preferred work-conditions Satisfaction with specific aspects of one's job Satisfaction with aspects of work Satisfaction with job_A Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole Perceived importanceof one's job Current concern about work Satisfaction with income Satisfaction with income Satisfaction with standard of living Satisfaction with income
Satisfaction with standard of living
Satisfaction with physical health Satisfaction with standard of living
Satisfaction with health
Use of medicaments Use of medicaments
Satisfaction with health
Satisfaction with public security Attitudes to specific political issues
Attitudes to environmental protection
Satisfaction with leisure time Satisfaction with leisure
Satisfaction with leisure hours
Satisfaction with social security Satisfaction with leisure
Attitudes to social security
Lasting sickness or disabled Use of medicaments
Degree of restriction
Satisfaction with environmental protection Degree of restriction
Attitudes to environmental protection
Perceived importanceof leisure-time Concern about leisure
Attitudes to social security
Perceived importanceof one's family Concern about family
Concern about leisure
Concern about family Concern about family Alienation Multiple aspect evaluations of life
Comparative appraisals of life-as-a-whole