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Cummins et al. (2004b): study AU 2004 /2

Publication

Author(s):
Cummins, R.A.; Eckersley, R.; Hunter, B.; Lo, S.K.; Okerstrom, E.; Woerner, J.
Title:
Australian Unity Wellbeing Index, Survey 12, Report 12.0. Part A: The Report. The Wellbeing of Australians. Job Security.
Source:
Australian Center on Quality of Life, October 2004, Melbourne, Australia

Investigation

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

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report 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
Full text:
Self report 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

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 Married vs earlier married (widowed + separated + divorced) Full time Work Status Current employment status
Full-time home maker
Unemployed involuntary
Current status: retired or not
Involved in schooling or not
Voluntary work
Employed
Full time Work Status Current employment status
Full-time home maker
Unemployed involuntary
Current status: retired or not
Full retirement (vs partial)
Voluntary work
Employed
Work Status Current employment status
Current household-work
Current status: retired or not
Voluntary work
Looking for Work Aspirations for employment
Looking for another job
Health In treatment or not Health In treatment or not
Visits to doctor
Being in treatment for mental disorder (vs not)