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Palmore & Luikart (1972): study US 1968

Publication

Author(s):
Palmore, E.B.; Luikart, C.
Title:
Health and Social Factors Related to Life Satisfaction.
Source:
Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 1972, Vol. 13, 68 -80

Investigation

Public:
46+ aged, whites, North Carolina, USA, 1968-70
Sample:
Probability stratified sample
Respondents:
N = 502
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
One whole-day interviews, tests and examinations.

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Here is a picture of a ladder. Suppose we say that the top of the ladder (9) represents the best possible life for you and the bottom (0) represents the worst possible life for you.  Where on the ladder do you feel personally stand at the present time?
[   9  ]  best possible life for you
[   8  ]
[   7  ]
[   6  ]
[   5  ]
[   4  ]
[   3  ]
[   2  ]
[   1  ]
[   0  ]  worst possible life for you

Name: Cantril's self anchoring ladder rating of life (adapted version)
Classification:
C-BW-c-sq-l-10-ca
Author's label:
Life satisfaction.
Remarks:
.
Page in publication:
70
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%,   4: 0%,   5: 0%,   6: 0%,   7: 0%,   8: 0%,   9: 0%,   10: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range 0 - 9 On range 0-10
Mean:
7.00 7.80
SD:
1.50

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Age in years Current age (in years) Productivity. Intelligence. Test-intelligence Male sex Sex (male vs female) Education Level of school-education Performance status (physical health) Expert rating of health Self-rated health. Global health rating Income Current income level (unspecified) Social activity. Leisure activity level
Current total social participation
Geographic mobility. Times moved in country Married. Married state (compared to non-married states) Internal control Inner locus of control Sexual enjoyment. Satisfaction with sex-life Having a confident. Having a confident or not Organizational activity. Attendance to meetings Social contacts Current total social participation Upward career anchorage Aspirations for social advancement Employed status Current employment status Career anchorage Occupational aspirations