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Gehmacher (1992b): study AT 1989

Publication

Author(s):
Gehmacher, E.
Title:
Coping, Happiness and Ideology. Some Suggestions for the Application of Happiness Research in Politicological Research.
Source:
Paper Presented at the International Conference "Towards the Good Society: Applying the Social Sciences", 1992, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Investigation

Public:
16+ aged, general public, Austria, 1989
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 2000
Non Response:
?
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Taking your life as a whole now, are you.....?
5  very happy
4  quite happy
3  more happy than unhappy
2  more unhappy than happy
1  quite unhappy
Classification:
O-HL-c-sq-v-5-d
Author's label:
Happiness
Remarks:
very happy or quite happy: 63%
Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Taking your life as a whole, are you .......?
5   very satisfied
4   quite satisfied
3   more satisfied than discontented
2   more discontented than satisfied
1   quite dissatisfied
Classification:
O-SLW-u-sq-v-5-d
Author's label:
Life-satisfaction
Remarks:
very satisfied or quite satisfied: 68%
Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

How do you feel yourself at the time being? Is your present wellbeing.....?
5   very high
4   high
3   moderate
2   rather low
1   low
Classification:
M-FH-c-sq-v-5-a
Author's label:
Hedonic level
Remarks:
As an indicator the number of respondents (or a percentage), scoring in the two 'most happy'  categories are used.
very high or high 58%
Full text:
Selfreport on 3 questions:

A  When you consider your present life as-a-whole, would you say you are....?
    5  very happy
    4  fairly happy
    3  rather happy than unhappy
    2  rather unhappy than happy
    1  very unhappy
    -   DK/NA

B  When you consider your present life as-a-whole, would you say you are.....?
    5  very satisfied
    4  fairly satisfied
    3  rather satisfied than dissatisfied
    2  rather dissatisfied than satisfied
    1  fairly dissatisfied
    -   DK/NA

C  How do you feel right now? Is your well-being.....?
    5  very high
    4  high
    3  moderate
    2  rather low
    1  very low
    -   DK/NA

Summation: The summed scores were divided in three strata: low, medium and high quality of life
Classification:
O-Sum-c-mq-v-5-a
Author's label:
Contentment

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Life-satisfaction O-HL by O-SL
O-SL by M-AO
Happiness O-HL by M-AO Age Current age (in years) Educational status Level of school-education Community size Community size Amateur culture Active participation Culture attendance Passive participation Household income Household income