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Studies

Rohe & Stegman (1994): study 1992

Publication

Author(s):
Rohe, W.M.; Stegman, M.
Title:
The Effects of Homeownership: on the Self-Esteem, Perceived Control and Life Satisfaction of Low-Income People.
Source:
Journal of the American Planning Association,1994, Vol. 60, 173 - 184

Investigation

Public:
Home buyers and controls, Baltimore, USA, followed 18 months 1992-93
Sample:
Non-probability purposive sample
Respondents:
N = 283
Non Response:
39%
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Please tell me how satisfied or dissatisfied you are with various aspects of your life at the present time... Are you with your life as a whole...?"
5  very satisfied
4  somewhat satisfied
3  about evenly satisfied and dissatisfied
2  somewhat dissatisfied
1  very dissatisfied

Question preceded by items on satisfaction with aspects of life.
Classification:
O-SLW-c-sq-v-5-fa
Author's label:
Life satisfaction
Remarks:
HOMEOWNERS:
T1: M=4.02
T2: M=4.34
RENTERS:
T1: M=3.98
T2: M=4.90
Page in publication:
177,178
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%,   4: 0%,   5: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 5 On range 0-10
Mean:
4.02

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Home ownership House owned or rented
Change from rent to owner
Change in possessions
Housing condition Quality of house Life satisfaction at T1 Actual changes in happiness Age Current age (in years) Sex Sex (male vs female) Marital status Married state (compared to non-married states) Education Years schooling Income Personal income Occupational status 'Objective' socio-economic status Neighborhood satisfaction Satisfaction with standard of living in vinicity Housing type Type of current dwelling Combined effects of housing and demographics Socio-demographic + environmental factors