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Studies

Helliwell et al. (2014): study US 2004

Publication

Author(s):
Helliwell, J.F.; Huang, H.; Wang, S.
Title:
Social Capital and Well-Being in Times of Crisis.
Source:
Journal of Happiness Studies, 2014, Vol. 15, 145 - 162

Investigation

Public:
18+ aged general public, urban areas, USA, 2008-2011
Survey name:
Gallup International
Sample:
Selection from general population sample
Respondents:
N = 952433
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: telephone (CATI)

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Here is ladder representing the 'ladder of life'. Let's suppose the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you; and the bottom, the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time?
10 best possible
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
0 worst possible life

This question was followed (not preceded) by items on life 5 years ago and 5 years from now.
Classification:
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c
Author's label:
Cantril ladder
Page in publication:
151

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Unemployed Unemployed involuntary Social Capital broad engagement (SC1) Social participation in region Social Capital close engagement (SC2) Intimate relations in region Social Capital average of all indicators (SC) Social participation in region