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Mookherjee (1998): study US 1991

Publication

Author(s):
Mookherjee, H.N.
Title:
Perception of Happiness among Elderly Persons in Metropolitan USA.
Source:
Perceptual and Motor Skills, 1998, Vol. 87, 787 - 793

Investigation

Public:
60+aged, metropolitian areas, USA, 1982-1991
Survey name:
US-NORC
Sample:
Probability simple random sample
Respondents:
N = 2739
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Taking all together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say you are .....?
3   very happy
2   pretty happy
1   not too happy
Classification:
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-a
Author's label:
Perception of happiness
Page in publication:
788
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 13%,   2: 51%,   3: 36%   (total 100%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 3 On range 0-10
Mean:
2.23 7.30
SD:
0.66 1.72

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Sex Sex (male vs female) Race Ethnic status in the USA Education Level of school-education Marital Status Married state (compared to non-married states) Financial Status Relative income Religious membership Church-member or not Religious Attendance Participation in church Contact with relatives Contacts with relatives Contact with friends Current contacts with friends Social participation Current contacts Total variants Socio-demographic + life-appraisals
Socio-demographic + social ties
Satisfaction and health and physical conditioons Satisfaction with health Satisfaction with family life Satisfaction with family-life Satisfaction with hobby and leisure time activities Satisfaction with leisure activities Satisfaction with neighborhood Attitude to neighborhood Satisfaction with financial situation Satisfaction with financial situation Satisfaction with friends Satisfaction with friends