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Davis (1984): study US 1972

Publication

Author(s):
Davis, J.A.
Title:
New Money, an Old Man/Lady and Two's Company: Subjective Welfare in the NORC General Social Surveys 1972-1982.
Source:
Social Indicators Research, 1984, Vol. 15, 319 - 350.

Investigation

Public
18+ aged, general public, USA, 1972-1982
Sample
Respondents
N = 13581
Non Response
Assessment
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on single question:

Generally speaking, how happy would you say you are.....?
3   very happy
2   fairly happy
1   not too happy
Classification:
O-HL-g-sq-v-3-d
Author's label:
Happiness
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 13%,   2: 53%,   3: 34%   (total 100%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 3 On range 0-10
Mean:
2.21 7.14
SD:
0.65 1.73

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Recent financial change Change in income level Occupational prestige Social prestige of occupation Education Level of school-education Current comparative income Relative to income of compatriots Black Race Ethnic status in the USA Family income Household income Parental family's comparative income at age 16 Parents income Father's occupational prestige Parents occupation Marital status Married state (compared to non-married states) Household size Number of persons in household Visiting bars, taverns Eating/drinking out Membership of Voluntary organisations Membership of voluntary organizations Frequency of social contacts Current contacts Perceived racial discrimination (of Blacks in USA) Perceived occurrence of ethnic discrimination
Attitudes to ethnic relations in nation