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Bowling & Gabriel (2004): study GB 2001

Publication

Author(s):
Bowling, A.P.; Gabriel, Z.
Title:
An Integrational Model of Quality of Life in Older Age. Results from the ESRC/MRC HSRC Quality of Life Survey in Britain.
Source:
Social Indicators Research, 2004, Vol. 69, 1 - 36

Investigation

Public:
65+aged, Britain, 2000-2001
Survey name:
Omnibus Survey
Sample:
Probability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents:
N = 999
Non Response:
23%
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Interviews took place in the homes of respondents. They lasted between 60-90 minutes.

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on single question:

Thinking about the good and bad things in your life, which of the answers best describes your life-as-a-whole?
1  as bad as can be
2  very bad
3  bad
4  alright
5  good
6  very good
7  as good as can be
Classification:
O-GBB-u-sq-v-7-a
Author's label:
Quality of Life
Remarks:
The findings were not specified clearly.
Page in publication:
7
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%,   4: 18.02%,   5: 0%,   6: 76.68%,   7: 5.3%   (total 100%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 7 On range 0-10
Mean:
5.69 -
SD:
0.82 -

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Total Variance Summed socio-demographic factors only
Summed socio-demographic + health
Summed socio-demographic + personality
Summed socio-demographic + social support
Summed socio-demographic + environmental factors
Social comparison and expectations anticipated, life compared with expectations Self-efficacy Efficacious, productive Optimism-pessimism bias Optimistic Depression/Anxiety (GHQ) Depressive (f31-33) Self assesed risks of negative life events Life compared with situation of others Physical functioning (ADL score) Current functional health Health status Self-perceived health Long-standing illness Self-perceived chronic illness
Degree of restriction
Social activities Current total social participation Social support Current availability of social support Pets Current pets Frequency of loneliness Feeling lonely (vs not) Increase in loneliness Recent change in mood-pattern
Feeling lonely (vs not)
Quality of area Perceived quality of locality for eldery people Safety of area Perceived safety in vicinity Neighbourliness of area Attitude to neighborhood Health value score Attitudes to health-maintenance
Concerns about health
Age Current age (in years) Sex Sexe: male (vs female) Social class Current socio-economic status Housing tenure Kind of ownership Highest level of educational qualification Level of school-education