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Michalos (1982): study CA Huron County Ontario 1977

Publication

Author(s):
Michalos, A.C.
Title:
The Satisfaction and Happiness of Some Senior Citizens in Ontario.
Source:
Social Indicators Research, 1982, Vol. 11, 1 - 30

Investigation

Public:
60+ aged, rural townships,Southern Huron County, Ontario, Canada, 197?
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 392
Non Response:
37%
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper
Mailed questionaire,followed by an interview

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

How do you feel about your life as a whole right now.....?
7  delightful
6  very satisfying
5  satisfying
4  mixed
3  dissatisfying
2  very dissatisfying
1  terrible
No opinion

Name: Andrews & Withey's  `Delighted-Terrible Scale' ( modified version)
Classification:
O-DT-c-sq-v-7-aa
Author's label:
Life satisfaction
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:
5.19 6.98
SD:
0.77
Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Considering your life as a whole, would you describe it as....:?
1  very unhappy
2
|   unhappy
3
4  an even mixture of unhappiness and happiness
5
|  happy
6
7  very happy
no opinion
Classification:
O-HL-u-sq-v-7-a
Author's label:
General Happiness
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:
5.30 7.16
SD:
1.08
Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

"Some people have certain goals or aspirations for various aspects of their lives. They claim for a particular sort of home, income, and so on. Compared to your own general aims , would you say that your life measures up to it.....?"
1  not at all
2
3
4  matches
5
6
7 better than you want
Classification:
C-RG-u-sq-v-7-a
Author's label:
Goal achievement
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:
5.19 6.98
SD:
1.06

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Satisfaction with family life Satisfaction with family-life Satisfaction with friendships Satisfaction with friends Satisfaction with financial security Satisfaction with financial security Self-esteem Evaluation of self-as-a-whole Satisfaction with spouse Satisfaction with marriage Satisfaction with health Satisfaction with health Satisfaction with transportation Satisfaction with local transport Satisfaction with recreation Satisfaction with leisure activities Satisfaction with housing Satisfaction with housing Satisfaction with religion Satisfaction with religion Satisfaction with area you live in Attitudes to local environment Satisfaction with government services Attitudes to state-services Joint effect Socio-demographic + life-appraisals Life compared with best previous experience Life compared with earlier situation Life compared with that of average folks Life compared with situation of others Goal achievement O-HL by C-RW
O-DT by C-RW