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Martin & Lichter (1983): study US Michigan 1973

Publication

Author(s):
Martin, J.K.; Lichter, D.T.
Title:
Geographic Mobility and Satisfaction with Life and Work.
Source:
Social Science Quarterly, 1983, Vol. 64, 524 - 534

Investigation

Public:
16+ aged, employees, Michigan/US, followed 4 years, 1973-1977
Survey name:
Quality of Employment Survey (QES)
Sample:
Probability sample (unspecified)
Respondents:
N = 827
Non Response:
(43%)
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self-report on two questions:

A) Taking all things together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say you are:
1: not too happy
2: pretty happy
3: very happy

B) In general, how satisfying do you find the ways you're spending your life these days? Would you call it:
1: not very satisfying
2: pretty satisfying
3: very satisfying

Computation: A+B
Classification:
O-Sum-c-mq-v-7-d
Author's label:
Subjective well-being
Remarks:
T1: M= 3.50-3.58 ,T2:M=3.27-3.34
Page in publication:
529
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%,   4: 0%,   5: 0%,   6: 0%,   7: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range 2 - 6 On range 0-10
Mean:
3.42

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Migration Earlier residential mobility Past subjective well-being Past happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago) Past income Earlier level of income
Household income
Age Ageing Education Level of school-education Perceived extrinsic job rewards Earlier work-attitudes Perceived intrinsic job rewards Earlier work-attitudes