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Blauw (2014a): study NL 2012

Publication

Author(s):
Blauw, S. L.
Title:
Birds of a Feather: The Spread of Happiness and Behavior in a Dutch Sorority.
Source:
Thesis, The Tinberg Institute Research Series, "Well-to-Do or Doing Well? Empirical studies of Wellbeing and Development", 2014, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Chapter 4

Investigation

Public:
Female university students, members of a sorority, The Netherlands, followed 1 year 2012-2013
Survey name:
Unnamed study
Sample:
Non-probability purposive sample
Respondents:
N = 170
Non Response:
1%
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper
Happiness assessed at T1: before joining a year-club T2: one year afte:

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on single question:

Here is ladder representing the 'ladder of life'. Let's suppose the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you; and the bottom, the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time?
10 best possible
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
0 worst possible life

This question was followed (not preceded) by items on life 5 years ago and 5 years from now.
Classification:
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c
Author's label:
Happiness
Remarks:
Cohort 2012: M = 7,62 SD = 0,90
Cohort 2013: M = 7,74 SD = 0,97
Page in publication:
102, 106
Observed distribution
Summary Statistics
On original range 0 - 10 On range 0-10
Mean:
7.68 -
SD:
0.93 -

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Happiness of friends:: Club mate's outcome Happiness of friends T1 Happiness: Own outcome (lag) Recent happiness (< 1 year ago) Own age Age difference among young people Own highest high school level Earlier school success Own income Personal income