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Studies

Nettle (2005): study GB 2000

Publication

Author(s):
Nettle, D.
Title:
Happiness. The Science behind Your Smile.
Source:
Oxford University Press, 2005, Oxford, UK

Investigation

Public
42 aged, Great Britain, 2000
Sample
Non-probability purposive sample
Respondents
N = 11269
Non Response
not reported
Assessment
Questionnaire: paper

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on single question:

Overall, how do you feel your life has turned out so far?
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
0
Classification:
O-V-h-sq-n-11-a
Author's label:
Life satisfaction
Page in publication:
50
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0.1%,   2: 1.2%,   3: 1.2%,   4: 1.8%,   5: 2.9%,   6: 7.9%,   7: 7.6%,   8: 20%,   9: 30.6%,   10: 14.7%,   11: 8.8%   (total 96.8%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 0 - 10 On range 0-10
Mean:
7.42 7.42
SD:
1.72 1.72

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Gender Sexe: male (vs female) Social Class Social prestige of occupation Personal control Inner locus of control Marital status at age 42 Married state (compared to non-married states)
Married vs never married
Married vs widowed
Married vs divorced
Married vs separated
Formally-married vs living-as-married
Long-standing illness/disability Current handicap
Deterioration of health, falling ill