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Moller (2007a): study ZA 2002

Publication

Author(s):
Moller, V.
Title:
Satisfied and Dissatisfied South Africans: Results From The General Household Survey in the International Comparison.
Source:
Social Indicators Research, 2007, Vol. 81, 389 - 415

Investigation

Public:
Adults, general public, South Africa, 2002
Sample:
Probability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents:
N = 26000
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Interviews in language of choice of respondent

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

How satisfied are you with your life in general?
10  completely satisfied
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
0   completely dissatisfied
Classification:
O-SLu-g-sq-n-11-c
Author's label:
Life satisfaction
Page in publication:
395
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 9.5%,   2: 3.5%,   3: 5%,   4: 6.1%,   5: 6.3%,   6: 11.4%,   7: 13.3%,   8: 10.7%,   9: 11.1%,   10: 8.1%,   11: 15%   (total 100%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 0 - 10 On range 0-10
Mean:
5.80 5.80
SD:
3.11 3.11

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Ethnicity Ethnic status in South Africa Kind of dwelling Quality of house Roof condition Quality of current dwelling Rent-free housing Kind of ownership
Source of current income
Five rooms or more Quality of current dwelling Water supply Water supply in vinicity Interrupted/Uninterrupted water supply Water supply in vinicity Main electricity supply Quality of current dwelling
Electricity supply in vinicity
Toilet in dwelling 1 Quality of current dwelling
Sewage in vinicity
Toilet in dwelling 2 Quality of current dwelling
Sewage in vinicity
Mail delivery Mail delivery in vinicity Marital status Married vs divorced Language of interview Current language
Ethnic status in South Africa
Age Young versus old Spouse in household Living alone or not Ownership Current possessions Monthly household expenditure Household income Toilet Quality of house Telephones Telephone Household income Sufficiency of current income Social grants Sufficiency of current income Go hungry `objective` poverty Unemployment (offical definition) Unemployed involuntary Unemployed (ext. definition, incl. disc. Workseeekers Unemployed involuntary Resident of KwaZulu -Natal Region in South Africa Cannot read or write Literacy Education Development of one's education
School-type
Earlier life (antecedents of happiness)
Medical aid beneficiary Welfare Health services received Social worker services in the past Earlier support received
Satisfaction with health-services
Earlier psychological treatments
Services
Social welfare services Satisfaction with amenities in vinicity
UNCLASSIFIED
Public safety Satisfaction with safety in vinicity Safety in neighbourhood Perceived safety in vinicity Walking at night Perceived safety in vinicity About future Optimistic Usage of drinking water Water supply in vinicity Removal of rubbish Garbage collection in vinicity