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Michalos & Kahlke (2010): study CA British Columbia 2005

Publication

Author(s):
Michalos, A.C.; Kahlke, P.M.
Title:
Stability and Sensitivity in Perceived Quality of Life Measures: Some Panel Results.
Source:
Social Indicators Research, 2010, Vol. 98, 403 - 434

Investigation

Public:
Adults, British Comumbia, Canada, followed 3 years, 2005-2007
Sample:
Probability simple random sample
Respondents:
N = 462
Non Response:
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

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 life as-a-whole?
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-SLW-c-sq-v-7-f
Author's label:
Satisfaction with life as a whole
Remarks:
Sample BF:  5,69  Sample BM: 5,67  Sample PG: 5,58
Page in publication:
408, 411
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:
5.65
SD:
1.10
Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

In general my present quality of life is:
1  as bad as it could possibly be
2
3
4  neither good nor bad
5
6
7  as good as it could possibly be

Response options labeled as:  +3 (as good as it could possibly be), 0 (neither good nor bad) and -3  (as bad as it could possibly be).

Item in ADDQoL (Audit of Diabetes Dependent Quality of Life)
Classification:
O-QLS-c-sq-v-7-a
Author's label:
Satisfaction with overall quality life.
Remarks:
Sample BF:  5,78  Sample BM: 5.74  Sample PG: 5,59
Page in publication:
408, 411
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:
5.72
SD:
1.04
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
Remarks:
Sample BF: 5,86  Sample BM: 5,85  Sample PG: 5,82
Page in publication:
408, 411
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:
5.85
SD:
1.22

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Satisfaction with life as a whole Past happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago) Happiness O-HL by O-SL Satisfaction with quality of life O-SL by O-QOL
O-HL by O-QOL
Satisfaction with General Health Satisfaction with health Happiness Past happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago) Satisfaction with quality of life Past happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago) SWLS Happiness inventories involving unacceptable items CLAS O-SL by O-further
O-HL by O-further
O-further by O-further
SWB O-SL by O-further
O-HL by O-further
O-further by O-further
Self-want O-HL by C-RW
O-SL by C-RW
Self other Overall happiness and contentment Self-deserve Overall happiness and contentment Self-need Overall happiness and contentment Self-progress Overall happiness and contentment
Retrospective changes in happiness (unspecified)
Perceived realization of life-goals
Self-future Overall happiness and contentment
Expected level of happiness (period unspecified)
Perceived chances for realization
Attitudes to hope
Self-best Overall happiness and mixed measures
Extremes of happiness experienced
Perceived realization of life-goals