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Studies

BBC (2006): study GB 2005

Publication

Author(s):
BBC,
Title:
The Happiness Formula: Opinion Poll.
Source:
GfK-NOP poll 421059, commisioned by BBC, 2006, London, UK

Investigation

Public:
15+ aged, general public, United Kingdom, 2005
Survey name:
UK-BBC Happiness Survey
Sample:
Probability sample (unspecified)
Respondents:
N = 1001
Non Response:
not reported
Assessment:
Interview: telephone (CATI)

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

If you were to consider your life in general, how happy or unhappy would you say you are on the whole?
4  very happy
3  fairly happy
2  fairly unhappy
1  very unhappy
Classification:
O-HL-g-sq-v-4-g
Author's label:
Happiness
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 3.3%,   2: 4.9%,   3: 56.1%,   4: 35.7%   (total 100%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 4 On range 0-10
Mean:
3.24 7.15
SD:
0.69 2.00
Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as-a-whole these days?
1   not satisfied at all
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10  completely satisfied
Classification:
O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-ab
Author's label:
Life satisfaction
Page in publication:
10
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 1.1%,   2: 0.4%,   3: 1.8%,   4: 3.2%,   5: 8.4%,   6: 8.9%,   7: 21.3%,   8: 33.4%,   9: 11.3%,   10: 9.8%   (total 99.6%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 10 On range 0-10
Mean:
7.34 7.05
SD:
1.75 1.94

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Gender Sex (male vs female) Age Current age (in years) Social class Current socio-economic status Region Region in UK Marital Status Married vs never married
Still-married vs broken marriage (widowed+separated+divorced)
Formally-married vs living-as-married
Working Status Size of current job
Current employment status
Life satisfaction O-HL by O-SL Worry Amount of worrying Source of own happiness Perceived sources of one's own happiness Current work Current employment status General work satisfaction Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole Amount of stress in the job Time-pressure at work Happiness vs work Happiness, pleasure (hedonic values)
Educational values
Work values
Valuation of happiness
Close friends Number of close friends
Current contacts with friends
Neighbourhood Attitude to neighborhood Acceptance of happiness' drugs Acceptance of happiness elevating drugs Current Health Current general health status Trust in people Trusting
Trust in people
View on happines as governement's prime objective Happiness, pleasure (hedonic values)
Economical values
Political values
Concept of happiness Concept of happiness