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Studies

Moser-Peters (1969): study NL Utrecht 1967

Publication

Author(s):
Moser-Peters, C.M.
Title:
Achtergronden van Geluksgevoelens. (Backgrounds of Happiness Feelings).
Source:
Nederlands Instituut voor Preventieve Geneeskunde (TNO), 1969, Leiden, Netherlands

Investigation

Public:
21-65 aged general public, City of Utrecht,The Netherlands, 1967
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 300
Non Response:
14% unattainable etc.
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Structured interview

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on single question:

Taking all things together, how would you say you are these days.....?
5   extremely happy
4   very happy
3   happy
2   pretty happy
1   not too happy
Classification:
O-HL-c-sq-v-5-c
Author's label:
Happiness.
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 2%,   2: 13%,   3: 43%,   4: 27%,   5: 15%   (total 100%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 5 On range 0-10
Mean:
3.41 6.00
SD:
3.30 -

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Age. Current age (in years) Law and order attitude Current authoritarianism Educational level. Level of school-education Recent illness. Days ill Psycho-somatic complaints Current psycho-somatic complaints Nervousness. Use of medicaments
Psychopharmacological medications
Current psycho-somatic complaints
Medicine use. Use of medicaments Number of doctor's consults. Visits to doctor Hospitalization In hospital
Hospitalization
Setting of medical treatment
Income Household income Male sex. Sexe: male (vs female) Married. Vs never married Married vs never married Married.vs broken marriage Still-married vs broken marriage (widowed + separated + divorced) Never married. Never married (ss formerly married: widowed + divorced+ separated) Social isolation Trusting
Trust in people
Non-religious. Church-member or not Religious affiliation. Current religious denomination Church attendance. Participation in church Satisfaction with health. Satisfaction with health Satisfaction with marriage Satisfaction with marriage Satisfaction with friends and acquain-tances. Satisfaction with friends Social uncertainty (lack of self- confidence) Self confidence Informal social participation Current contacts Relative closedness of circle of acquaintances. Friends are friends Formal social participation. Attendance to meetings Social autonomy Concern about personal contacts Achievement. Over/under-achievement Law and order atti- tude. Modern value pattern Dissatisfaction with present socio- political order Current authoritarianism
Attitudes to the state in nation
Perceived political control
Occupational level. Social prestige of occupation