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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:
Selfreport 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. Current psycho-somatic complaints
Use of medicaments
Psycho-pharmacals
Medicine use. Use of medicaments Number of doctor's consults. Visits to doctor Hospitalization Hospitalization
In hospital
Setting of medical treatment
Income Household income Male sex. Sex (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. Vs 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 Perceived political control
Attitudes to the state in nation
Current authoritarianism
Occupational level. Social prestige of occupation