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Lee et al. (1982): study KR 1980

Publication

Author(s):
Lee, H.; Kim, K.D.; Shin, D.C.
Title:
Perceptions of Quality of Life in an Industrializing Country: The Case of the Republic of Korea.
Source:
Social Indicators Research, 1982, Vol. 10, 297 - 317

Investigation

Public:
Parents with unmarried children at home, South Korea, 1980
Sample:
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:

" ......happy ..... " (full text not reported)
3  very happy
2  pretty happy
1  not too happy
Classification:
O-H?-?-sq-v-3-a
Author's label:
Happiness
Remarks:
Skewness: 0.125      Kurtosis: -0.477
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 30%,   2: 59%,   3: 11%   (total 100%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 3 On range 0-10
Mean:
1.81 -
SD:
0.61 -
Full text:
Self report on single question:
  
"......how often enjoy life......."
(Full lead question not reported)
1  rarely
2  now and then
3  fairly often
4  all the time
Classification:
M-TH-g-sq-v-4-a
Author's label:
Life enjoyment
Remarks:
Skewness: 0.43, Kurtosis: -.84
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 31%,   2: 36%,   3: 22%,   4: 11%   (total 100%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 4 On range 0-10
Mean:
1.14 3.80
SD:
0.98 -
Full text:
Self rating on single question:

"All things considered, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you overall with your life as a whole these days?"

Rated on ladder scale
[ 10 ]  completely satisfied
[      ]
[      ]
[      ]
[      ]
[      ]
[      ]
[      ]  
[      ]
[      ]
[  0  ]  completely dissatisfied
Classification:
O-SLW-c-sq-l-11-a
Author's label:
Overall life satisfaction
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 7%,   2: 2%,   3: 10%,   4: 11%,   5: 7%,   6: 45%,   7: 5%,   8: 5%,   9: 2%,   10: 1%,   11: 6%   (total 101%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 0 - 10 On range 0-10
Mean:
4.53 4.53
SD:
2.30 2.30
Full text:
Self report in 2 questions:

A. "How satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days?"
10 completely satisfied
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2  
1
0   not at all satisfied

B. "Where would you place your life as a whole?"
Rated on a thermometer scale.
100  perfect, as good as you can imagine it being
90
80
70
60
50
40
30
20
10
0     terrible, as bad as you can imagine it being

Summation: factor loading
Classification:
M-CO-u-mq-*-11-b
Author's label:
Hedonic Goodness (index of pleasure)
Observed distribution
Summary Statistics
On original range 0 - 10 On range 0-10
Mean:
2.40 3.90
SD:
2.50 -

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Happiness O-HL by M-AO Life enjoyment O-SL by M-AO Male sex Sexe: male (vs female) Income Household income Work status Current occupation Urban living Community size Employed status Current employment status Age Current age (in years) Education Level of school-education Socio-economic resource level 'Objective' socio-economic status Overall life satisfaction O-HL by O-SL