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Studies

Herzog et al. (1982): study US 1971

Publication

Author(s):
Herzog, A.R.; Rodgers, W.L.; Woodworth, R.J.
Title:
Subjective Well-Being among Different Age Groups.
Source:
Research Report I.S.R., University of Michigan, 1982, Ann Arbor, USA

Investigation

Public:
25-97 aged, general public, USA, 1971-1978
Sample:
Mixed samples
Respondents:
N = 1500
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Structured interview

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on single question:

Taken all together, how would you say things are these days?   Would you say that you are....?
3  very happy
2  pretty happy
1  not too happy
Classification:
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aa
Author's label:
Happiness
Full text:
Self report on single question:

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

Name: Andrews & Withey's `Delighted-Terrible Scale'  (original version)
Classification:
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-a
Author's label:
Life satisfaction
Full text:
Self report on single question:

We have talked about various parts of your life, now I want to ask you about your life as a whole. How satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days.....?
7  completely satisfied
6
5
4  neutral
3
2
1  completely dissatisfied
Classification:
O-SLW-c-sq-n-7-a
Author's label:
Life satisfaction

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Age Current age (in years) Male sex Sexe: male (vs female) White race Ethnic status in the USA Family income Household income Education Level of school-education Employment status Current employment status Married vs not married Married state (compared to non-married states) Widowed vs never married or divorced Widow (vs divorced + separated + never married) Self-reported Health Global health self-rating
Satisfaction with health