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Studies

Oosterhof (2008): study NL 2005

Publication

Author(s):
Oosterhof, S.F.
Title:
Maakt Vrije Tijd Gelukkig? De Invloed van Vrije Tijd op Geluksbeleving van Nederlanders. (Does Leisure Time make You Happy? The Influence of Leisure Time on the Happiness Experience of the Dutch).
Source:
Master Thesis, Faculty Social Sciences, Erasmus University Rotterdam, 2008, Netherlands

Investigation

Public:
12+ aged, general public, The Netherlands, 2005
Sample:
Probability multi-stage cluster sample
Respondents:
N = 2204
Non Response:
11%
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper
And content analysis of diaries.

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question

To what extent do you consider yourself a happy person....?
5  very happy
4  happy
3  neither happy nor unhappy
2  not very happy
1  unhappy
Classification:
O-HP-u-sq-v-5-a
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 8.5%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%,   4: 67%,   5: 24.5%   (total 100%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 5 On range 0-10
Mean:
3.99 7.20
SD:
1.00 1.68

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Gender Sex (male vs female) Education Level of school-education Family stage Current household-composition
Married state (compared to non-married states)
Children in the household
Employment situation Current employment status
Current status: retired or not
Involved in schooling or not
Urban living environment Rural vs urban dwelling Stress Feeling tranquil (vs restless)
Perceived time-pressure
Health Global health rating Amount of free time Perceived time-pressure
Current leisure time
Satisfied with amount of free time Satisfaction with time for leisure Satisfaction with use of free time Satisfaction with leisure activities Sport Current sporting Amount of hours of active hobbies Hobbies Social participation Voluntary work Social contacts Current contacts Use of computer and internet Internet, social media
Time on internet
Time spend on internet
Amount of hours television Tv watching, radio listening Reading newspapers and magazines Reading Reading books Reading Do nothing and relax Current leisure activity Culture participation Current cultural participation Go out Eating/drinking out