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Michalos (2005): study CA Prince George 2003

Publication

Author(s):
Michalos, A.C.
Title:
Arts and the Quality of Life: An Exploratory Study.
Source:
Social Indicators Research, 2005, Vol. 71, 11 - 59

Investigation

Public:
Adults, City of Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, 2003
Sample:
Probability simple random sample
Respondents:
N = 315
Non Response:
87%
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper
Mailed questionnaire

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

How satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days?
7  completely satisfied
6  quite satisfied
5  somewhat satisfied
4  neither satisfied nor dissatisfied
3  somewhat dissatisfied
2  quite dissatisfied
1  completely dissatisfied
Classification:
O-SLW-c-sq-v-7-g
Author's label:
global satisfaction your life as a whole
Page in publication:
30
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:
5.70
Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Here are some features of people‚Äôs lives affecting them today.  Please indicate how satisfied you are with each of them....
How satisfied are you with your overall quality of life?
1  very dissatisfied
2  somewhat dissatisfied
3  a little dissatisfied
4  about evenly balanced
5  a little satisfied
6  somewhat satisfied
7  very satisfied
Classification:
O-QLS-c-sq-v-7-b
Author's label:
overall quality of life
Page in publication:
30
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:
5.60
Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Considering your life as a whole, how happy would you say you are?
1  very unhappy
2  somewhat unhappy
3  a little unhappy
4  evenly balanced
5  a little happy
6  somewhat happy
7  very happy
Classification:
O-HL-u-sq-v-7-f
Author's label:
happiness
Page in publication:
30
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:
5.80

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Time spent on arts-related actvities: Singing alone Current leisure activity
Active participation
Kind of cultural consumption
Time spent on arts-related actvities: Reading to others Current leisure activity
Active participation
Kind of cultural consumption
Time spent on arts-related actvities: Singing in a group Current leisure activity
Active participation
Kind of cultural consumption
Time spent on arts-related actvities:Going to amateur live theatr Active participation
Current leisure activity
Kind of cultural consumption
Time spent on arts-related actvities: Going to other museums Active participation
Current leisure activity
Kind of cultural consumption
Time spent on arts-related actvities: Buying works of art Active participation
Current leisure activity
Art
Specific possessions
Kind of cultural consumption
Time spent on arts-related actvities: Visiting historic sites Active participation
Current leisure activity
Satisfaction with reading novels, stories, plays, or poetry Attitude to own cultural participation
Satisfaction with leisure activities
Satisfaction with Reading to others Attitude to own cultural participation
Satisfaction with time for leisure
Satisfaction with dancing Attitude to own cultural participation
Satisfaction with leisure activities
Satisfaction with knitting or crocheting Attitude to own cultural participation
Satisfaction with leisure activities
Satisfaction with going to concerts Attitude to own cultural participation
Satisfaction with leisure activities
Satisfaction with going to amateur live theater Attitude to own cultural participation
Satisfaction with leisure activities
Satisfaction with going to movies Attitude to own cultural participation
Satisfaction with leisure activities
Satisfaction with embroidery, needelpoint or cross-stitch Attitude to own cultural participation
Satisfaction with leisure activities
Satisfaction with watching movies on video Attitude to own cultural participation
Satisfaction with leisure activities
Satisfaction with going to art museums/galleries Attitude to own cultural participation
Satisfaction with leisure activities
Satisfaction with going to other museums than art galleries Attitude to own cultural participation
Satisfaction with leisure activities
Satisfaction with Gourmet cooking Attitude to own cultural participation
Satisfaction with leisure activities
Satisfaction with watching live theatre on TV Attitude to own cultural participation
Satisfaction with leisure activities
Satisfaction with watching concerts on TV Attitude to own cultural participation
Satisfaction with leisure activities
Satisfaction with buying work of arts Attitude to own cultural participation
Satisfaction with leisure activities
Satisfaction with visiting historic, heritage sites Attitude to own cultural participation
Satisfaction with leisure activities
Satisfaction with visiting the public library Attitude to own cultural participation
Satisfaction with leisure activities