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Cummins et al. (2004a): study AU 2004

Publication

Author(s):
Cummins, R.A.; Davern, M.T.; Eckersley, R.; Lo, S.K.; Okerstrom, E.; Woerner, J.
Title:
Australian Unity Wellbeing Index, Survey 10, Report 10.0. The Wellbeing of Australians. Health and Body Weight.
Source:
Australian Center on Quality of Life, 2004, Melbourne, Australia

Investigation

Public:
18+ aged, general public, Australia, 2004
Sample:
Probability area sample
Respondents:
N = 2000
Non Response:
89%
Assessment:
Interview: telephone (CATI)

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Thinking about your own life and personal circumstances, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole?
1   very dissatisfied
2
3
4
5  neutral
6
7
8
9
10  very satisfied

First item in Cummins' 'Personal Well-being Scale' (labels used until 2005)
Classification:
O-SLW-u-sq-n-11-ca
Author's label:
Life as a whole
Remarks:
The values presented in the report are stretched to range 0-100
Page in publication:
4
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%,   4: 0%,   5: 0%,   6: 0%,   7: 0%,   8: 0%,   9: 0%,   10: 0%,   11: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range 0 - 10 On range 0-10
Mean:
7.74 7.74
SD:
1.70 1.70
Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Now I am going to ask you how you FEEL, not just at the moment, but GENERALLY in your life. How happy do you generally feel? On a scale from o to 10...
0  completely unhappy
1
2
3
4
5  neutral
6
7
8
9
10 completely happy
Classification:
M-FH-g-sq-n-11-b
Author's label:
Happiness
Remarks:
The values mentioned in the report are stretched to range 0-100
Page in publication:
4
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%,   4: 0%,   5: 0%,   6: 0%,   7: 0%,   8: 0%,   9: 0%,   10: 0%,   11: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range 0 - 10 On range 0-10
Mean:
7.85 7.85
SD:
1.42 1.42

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Personal Wellbeing Index Satisfaction with multiple domains of life Income Current income level (unspecified) Gender Sex (male vs female) Age Current age (in years) Household Structure Living alone or not
Living with children
Household members
Own position in household
Single parent
Household Structure Living alone or not Marital Status Married vs never married Marital Status Married vs widowed Marital Status Married vs divorced Matital Status Married vs separated Marital Status Still-married vs broken marriage (widowed+separated+divorced) Full time Work Status Current employment status
Current household-work
Voluntary work
Current status: retired or not
Unemployed involuntary
Kind of occupation (profession)
Full-time vs part-time
Involved in schooling or not
Full time Work Status Current employment status
Current household-work
Voluntary work
Current status: retired or not
Full-time home maker
Unemployed involuntary
Work Status Current employment status
Current household-work
Voluntary work
Current status: retired or not
Looking for Work Looking for another job
Aspirations for employment
Health Currently in treatment or not Health Currently in treatment or not
Being in treatment for mental disorder (vs not)
Visits to doctor