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Studies

Richards et al. (1984): study US 1981

Publication

Author(s):
Richards, M.L.; Kashner, J.B.; Okun, M.A.; Stock, W.A.; Vaughan, D.A.
Title:
The Influence of Serious Personal Losses or Misfortunes on Life Satisfaction.
Source:
Journal of Community Psychology, 1984, Vol. 12, 67 - 73

Investigation

Public:
25-59 aged, general public, USA, 1981
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 375
Non Response:
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

"In general, how satisfied are you with your life.....?"
3  mostly satisfied
2  partly satisfied
1  mostly disappointed
Classification:
O-SLu-g-sq-v-3-b
Author's label:
Life satisfaction
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 4%,   2: 41%,   3: 55%   (total 100%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 3 On range 0-10
Mean:
2.50 7.60
SD:
0.58

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Physical activity Self-perceived health Global health rating Social Integration Perceived quality of intimate ties Maried status Married state (compared to non-married states) Serious personal loss or misfortune Sum of negative life-events Joint effects Summed effects of current individual conditions (micro level)