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Studies

Baker et al. (2005): study US 1986

Publication

Author(s):
Baker, L.A.; Burr, J.A.; Cahalin, L.P.; Gerst, K.
Title:
Productive Activities and Subjective Well-Being among Older Adults: The Influence of Number of Activities and Time Commitment.
Source:
Social Indicators Research, 2005, Vol. 73, 431 - 458

Investigation

Public:
60+ aged, USA, followed 3 years 1986-1989
Sample:
Probability stratified sample
Respondents:
N = 1279
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
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
Classification:
O-SLW-c-sq-n-7-a
Author's label:
Life satisfaction
Remarks:
Distribution in % on structured range 1-5

Satisfied                          60.39%
Somewhat satisfied         13.13%
Neutral                            18,98%
Somewhat dissatisfied     4,22%
Dissatisfied                      3.28%

% very satisfied= T1: 71%, T2: 73%
Page in publication:
440
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%,   4: 0%,   5: 0%,   6: 0%,   7: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 7 On range 0-10
Mean:
5.60
SD:
1.50
Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Taken all together, how would you say things are these days?   Would you say that you are....?
3  very happy
2  pretty happy
1  not too happy
Classification:
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aa
Author's label:
Happiness
Remarks:
Average in report on reversed scale (M = 1,2)
Page in publication:
440-453
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 11.49%,   2: 53.79%,   3: 34.71%   (total 99.99%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 3 On range 0-10
Mean:
2.23 7.30
SD:
0.64 1.66

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Number of productive activities Hours spend on productive activities Age Current age (in years) Male Sex (male vs female) Black Ethnic status in the USA Married Earlier marital states Education Earlier educational level Health condtions Earlier physical health Physical activity Social activity Earlier total social participation Religious participation Earlier religion Size of support network Earlier support received Life satisfaction O-HL by O-SL CESD2 (depressive symptoms index) Depressive (f31-33) Earlier life satisfaction Past happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago)