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Kennedy & Mehra (1985): study CA Edmonton CMA 1977

Publication

Author(s):
Kennedy, L.W.; Mehra, N.
Title:
Effects of Social Change on Well-Being: Boom and Bust in a Western Canadian City.
Source:
Social Indicators Research, 1985, Vol. 17, 101 - 113

Investigation

Public:
18+ aged, general public, City of Edmonton, Canada, 1977-1984
Sample:
Probability multi-stage cluster sample
Respondents:
N = 3440
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Highly structured

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

"All in all, how satisfied are you with your life these days.....?"
1  very dissatisfied
2
3
4
5
6
7  very satisfied
Classification:
O-SLu-c-sq-n-7-b
Author's label:
Life satisfaction
Remarks:

1977:  Ms = 8,8      M= 5,6       N=335
1978:        = 9,1         = 5,78       =447
1979:        =9,0          = 5,7        =438
1980:   n.a.
1981:        =9,0          =5,7         =399
1982:        =8,8          =5,62       =506
1983:        =9,0          =5,72       =419
1984:        =8,8          =5,62       =448
All years    =8,9          =5,68       = 2992
Page in publication:
107
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%,   4: 0%,   5: 0%,   6: 0%,   7: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 7 On range 0-10
Mean:
8.90 5.68

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Age Current age (in years) Standard of living satisfaction Satisfaction with standard of living Friendship satisfaction Satisfaction with friends Family satisfaction Satisfaction with family-life Job satisfaction Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole Neigbourhood satisfaction Satisfaction with local environment Financial well-being in previous year Change to better or worse Health satisfaction Satisfaction with health Level of education Level of school-education Things wanted to do-satisfaction Satisfaction with activity pattern Non-work activities satisfaction Satisfaction with leisure activities Male sex Sex (male vs female) Joint effects Socio-demographic + life appriasals + life events objective change in social environment Change in total social participation