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Studies

Kivett (1976): study US 1970

Publication

Author(s):
Kivett, V.R.
Title:
The Aged in North Carolina: Physical, Social and Environmental Characteristics and Sources of Assistance. (The Guilford Study)
Source:
Technical Bullletin No.237, North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station, 1976, USA

Investigation

Public:
65+ aged, North Carolina, USA, 1970-71
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 469
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Structured interview

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

All in all, how much UNhappiness would you say that you find in life today.......?
1   a great deal
2   some
3   almost none
Classification:
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-ba
Author's label:
General happiness
Page in publication:
36
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 15.7%,   2: 20.4%,   3: 60.4%   (total 96.5%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 3 On range 0-10
Mean:
2.46
SD:
0.76

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Urban living Rural vs urban dwelling Male sex Sex (male vs female) White race Ethnic status in the USA Married vs never married Married vs never married Never married vs widowed Vs widowed Never married vs divorced Vs divorced Never married vs separated Vs separated Social position 'Objective' socio-economic status Age Age difference among elderly Educational level Level of school-education Work at age 50 Earlier occupation Joint effect Socio-demographic factors only