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Studies

Oishi & Diener (2014): study ZZ 2007

Publication

Author(s):
Oishi, S.; Diener, E.
Title:
Residents of Poor Nations Have a Greater Sense of Meaning in Life than Residents of Wealthy Nations.
Source:
Psychological Science, 2014, Vol. 25, 422 - 430

Investigation

Public:
15+ aged general public,132 nations, 2007
Survey name:
INT-GallupWorldPoll2007
Sample:
Probability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents:
N = 141738
Non Response:
25
Assessment:
Multiple assesment methods

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on single question:

Here is ladder representing the 'ladder of life'. Let's suppose the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you; and the bottom, the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time?
10 best possible
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
0 worst possible life

This question was followed (not preceded) by items on life 5 years ago and 5 years from now.
Classification:
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c
Author's label:
life satisfaction
Observed distribution
Summary Statistics
On original range 0 - 10 On range 0-10
Mean:
5.52 -
SD:
1.12 -

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Meaning in Life Perceived meaning of life in nation GDP per capita GDP per captia Religion Religion in nation
Religiosity (degree)
Suicides per 100,000 residents Suicide in nation Education Education in nation Fertility Birth rate in nation Social Support Availability of social support in nation Individualism Individualism/collectivism in nation