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Hedley (1981): study AU 1977

Publication

Author(s):
Hedley, R.A.
Title:
Work, Life and the Pursuit of Happiness: A Study of Australian Industrial Workers.
Source:
The Journal of Industrial Relations, September, 1981, 397 - 405

Investigation

Public:
Shop-floor workers in four metropolitan areas, south-eastern Australia, 1977
Sample:
Non-probability purposive sample
Respondents:
N = 1486
Non Response:
42%
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper
Questionnaire completed in class

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

In general how satisfying do you find the way you are spending your life these days. Would you call it.....?
3  completely satisfying
2  pretty satisfying
1  not very satisfying
Classification:
O-SLL-c-sq-v-3-a
Author's label:
life satisfaction
Page in publication:
399
Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

"How often have you seriously thought that life wasn't really worth living......?"
4  never
3  once or twice
2  occasionally
1  a great deal
Classification:
O-LWL-u-sq-v-4-a
Author's label:
life worth living
Page in publication:
400

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding work spill over Satisfaction with own job-performance
Current concern about work
work-non-work separation Current concern about work non-work spill-over Current concern about work job satisfaction_A Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole job satisfaction_B Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole
Attitudes to current job
job satisfaction_C Dedication to current employer
Looking for another job
life better than expected Life compared with expectations life worth living Single aspect evaluations (on criteria of good life)