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Studies

Henley & Davis (1967): study US 1959

Publication

Author(s):
Henley, B.; Davis, M.S.
Title:
Satisfaction and Dissatisfaction: A Study of the Chronically-Ill Aged Patient.
Source:
Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 1967, Vol. 8, 65 - 75

Investigation

Public:
60+ aged chronically-ill, followed three years, USA, 1959-62
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 167
Non Response:
24% not available because of death, mental deterioration, unknown address or r
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
at clinic or at home.

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

In general, how satisfied are you with your way of life.......?
4  quite satisfied
3  fairly satisfied
2  sometimes dissatisfied
1  usually dissatisfied
Classification:
O-SLL-g-sq-v-4-a
Author's label:
General satisfaction.
Error estimates:
Reliability: Stability as assessed by repeating the same question after three years showed 73% unchanged. Validity: External concurrent validity as assessed by comparison with the impression of clinic nurses of patient's satisfaction: 71% agreement.
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 19%,   2: 10%,   3: 42%,   4: 29%   (total 100%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 4 On range 0-10
Mean:
2.77 4.10

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Age Age difference among elderly Educational level Level of school-education White race Ethnic status in the USA Extent of family contact outside the home Contacts with relatives Male sex Sex (male vs female) Self-perceived health Global health rating Household composition Current household-composition Living alone Living alone or not Objection to living alone Attitude to living alone Income Household income Perceived financial adequacy Subjective poverty Married vs never married Married vs never married Married vs widowed Married vs widowed Married vs divorced Married vs divorced Never married vs widowed Vs widowed Never married vs divorced Vs divorced Widowed Vs divorced Practicing one's religion Current religious practices Extent of familial contact outside the home Contacts with relatives Employed status Current employment status Availability of help in case of illness Perceived availability of social support Past happiness Past happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago) Aging Past happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago) Quality of contacts with household members Perceived quality of intimate ties
Intimacy with household-members
Attitudes to household-members