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Headey & Wearing (1986): study AU AU Victoria 1981

Publication

Author(s):
Headey, B.; Wearing, A.J.
Title:
Chains of Well-Being, Chains of Ill-Being. An Australian Panel Study, 1981-1985.
Source:
Paper presented at the International Conference of Sociology, 1986, New Delhi, India

Investigation

Public:
18-65 aged, general public, Victoria, Australia, followed 1981-985
Sample:
Probability stratified sample
Respondents:
N = 942
Non Response:
0
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question, asked twice in interview:

How do you feel about your life as a whole......?
7  delighted
6  pleased
5  mostly satisfied
4  mixed
3  mostly dissatisfied
2  unhappy
1  terrible

Summation: arithmetic mean

Name: Andrews & Withey's "Delighted-Terrible Scale" (original version)
Also known as Lehman's 'Global life satisfaction'
Classification:
O-DT-u-sqt-v-7-a

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Satisfaction with life-as-a-whole Recent change