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Moller (1989): study ZA 1983

Publication

Author(s):
Moller, V.
Title:
Can't get no Satisfaction. Quality of Life in the 1980's.
Source:
Indicator South Africa, 1989, Vol. 7, 43 - 46

Investigation

Public:
Adult, general public, urban areas, South African, 1983
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 5587
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Structured personal interview

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Taking your life as a whole, are you .......?
5   very satisfied
4   quite satisfied
3   more satisfied than discontented
2   more discontented than satisfied
1   quite dissatisfied
Classification:
O-SLW-u-sq-v-5-d
Author's label:
Overall life satisfaction
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 10%,   2: 18%,   3: 4%,   4: 51%,   5: 17%   (total 100%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 5 On range 0-10
Mean:
3.47 6.23
SD:
1.24 2.19
Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Taking all things together in your life, how would you say things are these days?  Would you say you are ....?
5  very happy
4  happy
3  neither happy nor unhappy
2  unhappy
1  very unhappy
Classification:
O-HL-c-sq-v-5-a
Author's label:
Global Happiness
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 12%,   2: 13%,   3: 4%,   4: 53%,   5: 17%   (total 99%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 5 On range 0-10
Mean:
3.51 5.98
SD:
1.26 2.72

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Urban living Rural vs urban dwelling Living arrangement Involved in migrant work (vs not) Working at several places and living in hostels Conditions of migrant work Race Ethnic status in South Africa