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Evans & Kelley (2002): study AU 1984

Publication

Author(s):
Evans, M.D.; Kelley, J.
Title:
Family and Community Influences on Life Satisfaction.
Source:
Report Melbourne Institute, 2002, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

Investigation

Public:
18+ aged, general public, Australia, 1984-2001
Survey name:
AU-National Social Scien
Sample:
Probability simple random sample
Respondents:
N = 26009
Non Response:
35-40%
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper
Preliminary letter announcing the survey, followed by the posted questionnaire and if necessary 4 follow-up maillings.

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

"How satisfied do you feel about your life as a whole...?"
8  delighted
7  very pleased
6  pleased
5  mostly satisfied
4  mixed feelings
3  mostly dissatisfied
2  unhappy
1  terrible
Classification:
O-DT-u-sq-v-8-b
Author's label:
Subjective well-being, life satisfaction
Remarks:
Distribution based on equal interval scoring
Page in publication:
20,23,24
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0.4%,   2: 0.6%,   3: 1.5%,   4: 8.5%,   5: 22%,   6: 26.1%,   7: 28.2%,   8: 12.8%   (total 100.1%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 8 On range 0-10
Mean:
6.06 7.23
SD:
1.30 1.85

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Male Sex (male vs female) Migrant Ever migrated or not Parent's education Parents education Parent divorced Number of parents (broken home) Married Married state (compared to non-married states)
Vs co-habiting
Remarried
Divorced Divorced or separated Age Current age (in years) Church attendance (ln) Participation in church Religious denomination Religious (vs not) Education Years schooling Family income (ln) Current income level (unspecified) Quality of marriage Satisfaction with marriage Father's status Socio-economic background (earlier for adults, current for young) Number of siblings Number of siblings Family size Family composition
Number of persons in household
Number of offspring Number of children Charity work Voluntary work, helping people
Charity
Current support behavior
Labour force participation Current employment status Spouse in labour force Part-time working of house-wives
Employment of spouse
Work conditions of spouse
Occupational status 'Objective' socio-economic status Earnings Personal income Unemployment Unemployed involuntary Hours worked Hours work