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Studies

Botha et al. (2018): study ZA 2012

Publication

Author(s):
Botha, F.; Booysen, F.R.; Wouters, E.
Title:
Happiness, Socioeconomic Status, and Family Functioning in South African Households: a Structural Equation Modelling Approach
Source:
Applied Research in Quality of Life, 2018, Vol. 13, 947-989

Investigation

Public:
16+ aged general public, South Africa, 2012
Survey name:
SA-SAS 2012_1
Sample:
Probability multi-stage cluster sample
Respondents:
N = 2111
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on single question:

If you were to consider your life in general, how happy of unhappy would you say you are, on the whole?
7  completely happy
6  very happy
5  fairly happy
4  neither happy nor unhappy
3  fairly unhappy
2  very unhappy
1  completely unhappy
-   can't choose
-   no answer
Classification:
O-HL-g-sq-v-7-ab
Author's label:
happiness
Page in publication:
955
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 2.9%,   2: 8.1%,   3: 8.7%,   4: 8.1%,   5: 24.9%,   6: 34%,   7: 13.4%   (total 100.1%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 7 On range 0-10
Mean:
4.99 6.86
SD:
1.58 3.01

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding SES Current socio-economic status Individual SES quartiles 'Objective' socio-economic status Household SES quartiles 'Objective' socio-economic status Subjective SES quartiles Subjective social rank Attachment (family functioning) Family climate
Attitudes to family-life
Changeability (family functioning) Family climate
Attitudes to family-life
Age and age squared Current age (in years) Gender Sexe: male (vs female) Race Ethnic status in South Africa Marital status Married vs never married
Vs widowed
Vs divorced
Vs separated
Health status Self-perceived health Household size Number of persons in household Female-headed household status Current household-composition Religion status Religious (vs not) Geographical area Rural dwelling (vs urban) Household structure Current household-composition