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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:
Selfreport 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 Sex (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 divorced
Married vs widowed
Married vs separated
Married vs never married
Formally-married vs living-as-married
Long-standing illness/disability Current handicap
Deterioration of health, falling ill