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Pinhey et al. (1997): study US Guam 1991

Publication

Author(s):
Pinhey, T.K.; Colfax, R.S.; Rubinstein, D.H.
Title:
Overweight and Happiness: The Reflected Self-Appraisal Hypothesis Reconstructed.
Source:
Social Science Quarterly, 1997, Vol. 78, 747 - 755.

Investigation

Public:
18+ aged, general public, Guam, USA, 1991
Survey name:
US-Behavioral Risk Factor Survey
Sample:
Probability systematic sample
Respondents:
N = 398
Non Response:
29,6
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

During the past 4 weeks….. Have you been a happy person?
6  all of the time
5  most of the time
4  a good bit of the time
3  some of the time
2  a little of the time
1  none of the time

Item MH5 in SF-36 (Medical Outcome Study 36 item Short Form)
Classification:
M-TH-cm-sq-v-6-a
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%,   4: 0%,   5: 0%,   6: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 6 On range 0-10
Mean:
3.96
SD:
1.16

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Overweight Weight Ethnicity Ethnic status in the USA Age Young versus old Sexe Sex (male vs female) Education Level of school-education Income Household income Employed Current employment status Married Married state (compared to non-married states) Parent Ever had children (vs not) R*R Summed effects of current individual conditions (micro level)