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Bradshaw et al. (2006): study ZZ OECD member states 2001

Publication

Author(s):
Bradshaw, J.; Hoelscher, P.; Richardson, D.
Title:
Comparing Child Well-Being in OECD Countries: Concepts and Methods.
Source:
Innoocenti Working Paper no. 2006-3, Unicef Research Centre, 2006, Florence, Italy

Investigation

Public
Adolescents, 29 nations, 2001
Sample
Probability multi-stage cluster sample
Respondents
N = 137682
Non Response
Assessment
Questionnaire: paper
Trained administrators were present in the classroom for the administration of all questionnaires

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on single question:

Here is a picture of a ladder. Suppose we say that the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the  bottom represents the worst possible life for you. Where on the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time?   
[  10  ]  best possible life
[    9  ]
[    8  ]
[    7  ]
[    6  ]
[    5  ]
[    4  ]
[    3  ]
[    2  ]
[    1  ]
[    0  ]  worst possible life
                          
                                                                                
Preceded by 1)  open questions about what the respondent imagines as the best possible life and the worst possible life. 2) ratings on the ladder of one's life five years ago and  where on the ladder one expects to stand five years from now.

Name: Cantril's self anchoring ladder rating of life (original)
Classification:
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-a
Author's label:
Overall life satisfaction
Remarks:
Proportion of af the sample reporting 6 or over:

OECD countries:
Austria =  88,1 Belgium  =  87,8  Canada =  86,3  Czech Republic =  83,4  Denmark  =  87,7 Finland =  91,6  France =  85,1  Germany  =  85,4  Greece  =  92,2  Hungary  =  84,4 Ireland =      86,8  Italy =   85,2  Netherlands  =  94,2  Norway =   82,9  Poland =  80,0  Portugal =   80,5 Spain =   87,8  Sweden  =   86,0  Switzerland  =  89,0  United Kingdom   = 83,5 United States =    83,1
Average of OECD countries: 86,4 %, SD = 3,6 %

Non-OECD Countries:
Croatia =  81,3  Estonia  =  76,7  Israel   =   89,1  Latvia  =  77,0  Lithuania    =  75,2 Malta =      83,0  Russian Federation  = 76,2  Slovenia =  85,6
Page in publication:
70, 4

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Feeling an outsider Current anomy
Feeling close (vs remote)
Feeling involved (vs detached)
Attitudes to school
Attitudes to total social participation
Feeling awkward and out of place Current anomy
Feeling close (vs remote)
Feeling involved (vs detached)
Attitudes to school
Attitudes to total social participation
Feeling lonely Close (vs lonely)
Feeling lonely (vs not)
Attitudes to school