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Studies

Koivumaa-Honkanen (1998): study FI 1975

Publication

Author(s):
Koivumaa-Honkanen, H.T.
Title:
Life Satisfaction as a Health Predictor.
Source:
Doctoral Dissertation, University of Turku, 1998, Finland (Kuopio University Publications D. Medical Sciences 143)

Investigation

Public:
18-64 aged adult twin pairs, Finland, 1975
Sample:
Non-probability purposive sample
Respondents:
N = 29444
Non Response:
271
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper
Mailed questionnaire

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question

Do you feel your life at present is…?
5  very happy
4  fairly happy
3  cannot say
2  fairly sad
1  very sad
Classification:
O-HL-c-sq-v-5-j
Remarks:
CI95 [3.85-3.87]
Original scale is reversed.
This item is part of a 4-item life satisfaction scale. The other items concern the agree to which life is 'interesting', 'easy', and 'lonely' and do not fit the demands for inclusion in this data base.
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%,   4: 0%,   5: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 5 On range 0-10
Mean:
3.86 7.15

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Baseline health Current general health status Gender Sex (male vs female) Interest in life Single aspect evaluations (on criteria of good life) general easy of living Easy (vs hard) Lonliness Feeling lonely (vs not) Life satisfaction Multiple aspect evaluations of life Age Current age (in years)