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Pearson-Scott (1978): study US NorthCarolina 1976

Publication

Author(s):
Pearson-Scott, J.
Title:
Single Rural Elders. A Comparison of Dimensions of Life Satisfaction.
Source:
Alternative Lifestyles, 1978, Vol. 2, 369 - 378

Investigation

Public:
65+ aged rural area, United States, 1976-77
Sample:
Probability cluster sample
Respondents:
N = 407
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
trained interviewers; 99-item questionnaire, orally administered to the participants

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Taking all together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say you are .....?
3   very happy
2   pretty happy
1   not too happy
Classification:
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-a
Author's label:
Expressed Unhappiness
Remarks:
N=390
Page in publication:
369
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 21%,   2: 37%,   3: 42%   (total 100%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 3 On range 0-10
Mean:
2.21 7.25
SD:
0.77 1.99
Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Lead item not reported.
[  10  ] best possible life
[    9  ]
[    8  ]
[    7  ]
[    6  ]
[    5  ]
[    4  ]
[    3  ]
[    2  ]
[    1  ]  worst possible life

Name: Cantril's self anchoring Ladder rating of life (modified version)
Classification:
C-BW-c-sq-l-10-a
Author's label:
Life Satisfaction
Remarks:
N=321
Rated on a 4-point scale: 4 (Best possible life): N= 80; 3: N=158; 2 :N=55; 1 (lowest): N=28
Page in publication:
366

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Marital status Married vs widowed
Married vs never married
Vs widowed