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Studies

Berg & Veenhoven (2009): study ZZ 2005

Publication

Author(s):
Berg, M.C.; Veenhoven, R.
Title:
Geloof en Geluk in Landen. (Happiness and Religion in Nations).
Source:
Ethiek en Maatschappij, 2009, Vol. 12, 49 - 69

Investigation

Public:
Adults, general public, 142 countries, 2005-2009
Sample:
Probability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents:
N = 25000
Non Response:
Assessment:
Multiple methods
Face-to-face interviews, ad well as telephone interviews and computer assisted interviews

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days?
0  dissatisfied
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10 satisfied
Classification:
O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-a
Author's label:
Happiness
Page in publication:
6
Full text:
Selfreport on 14 questions

Did you experience the following feelings during A LOT OF THE DAY yesterday? How about..
A  enjoyment?
B  physical pain
C  worry
D  sadness
E  stress
F  anger
G  depression
H  love

Now please think about YESTERDAY, from the morning until the end of the day. Think of where you were, what you were doing and how you felt.
I    Did you feel well rested yesterday?
J   Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday?
K  Did you learn or do something interesting yesterday?
L  Would you like to have more days just like yesterday?
M  Were you proud of something you did yesterday?
N   Were you treated with respect all day yesterday?

Rated:
1  yes
0 no
-  no answer, don't know

Computation:
- Average % positive affect = (A+H+I+J+K+L+M+N)/8
- Average % negative affect = (B+C+D+E+F+G)/6
- Affect Balance = Average % positive affect - Average % negative affect


These questions do not measure hedonic level of affect of individual persons adequately, since yesterday's mood does not always correspond with typical average mood. Yet these questions can be used for measuring hedonic level in agregates, such as nations, since individual variations balance out in big samples.
Classification:
A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-b
Author's label:
Mood
Page in publication:
6

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Religiousness Religion in nation Type of religion Share of particular denominations Religious diversity Religious climate in society