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Palisi & Canning (1986): study US 1974

Publication

Author(s):
Palisi, B.J.; Canning, C.
Title:
Urbanism and Psychological Well-Being: A Test of Three Theories.
Source:
Sociological Spectrum, 1986, Vol. 6, 361 - 378

Investigation

Public
18+ aged, general public, USA, 1974-1982
Sample
Respondents
N = 7542
Non Response
Assessment
Interview: face-to-face
Structured interview

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on single question:

Taken all together, how would you say things are these days?   Would you say that you are....?
3  very happy
2  pretty happy
1  not too happy
Classification:
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aa
Author's label:
Avowed happiness
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 23%,   2: 16%,   3: 61%   (total 100%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 3 On range 0-10
Mean:
2.38 7.69
SD:
0.83 2.17

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Satisfaction derivedfrom the community Attitude to vicinity Satisfaction received from familylife Satisfaction with family-life Satisfaction received from friendships Satisfaction with friends Social relationshipswith kin Contacts with relatives Social relationshipswith friends Current contacts with friends Urbanism Community size Occupational prestige Social prestige of occupation Income Household income Education Level of school-education Married Married vs never married Number of children Number of children Age Current age (in years)