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Shin (1986): study US 1986

Publication

Author(s):
Shin, D.C.
Title:
Education and the quality of life in Korea and the United States: A cross-cultural perspective.
Source:
Public Opinion Quarterly, 1986, Vol. 50, 360 - 370

Investigation

Public:
18+ aged, general public, USA, 1978
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 3642
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Highly structured

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

"How much are you satisfied with your life as a whole these days......?"
7   completely satisfied
6   very satisfied
5   somewhat satisfied
4   neither satisfied nor dissatisfied
3   somewhat dissatisfied
2   very dissatisfied
1   completely dissatisfied
Classification:
O-SLu-c-sq-v-7-a
Author's label:
Satisfaction with life
Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

How much do you enjoy your life these days.....?"
4  a great deal
3  a fair amount
2  not very much
1  not at all
Classification:
M-PL-c-sq-v-4-a
Author's label:
Life enjoyment
Full text:
Self report on single question:

"How happy have you been for the past five years.....?"
4  very happy
3  somewhat happy
2  not much happy
1  not happy at all
Classification:
O-HL-ly-sq-v-4-c
Author's label:
Happiness
Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

For the past five years, how much have you accomplished of what you planned in your life......?
4  all of it
3  most of it
2  not much of it
1  none of it
Classification:
C-RG-ly-sq-v-4-a
Author's label:
Accomplishment
Full text:
Selfreport on 4 questions:

A  For the past five years, how much have you accomplished of what you planned in your life?
   1  completely failed
   2
   3
   4
   5
   6
   7  completely accomplished
B How much are you satisfied with your life as a whole these days?
   1  completely dissatisfied
   2
   3
   4
   5
   6
   7  completely satisfied
C How much do you enjoy your life these days?
   3  a great deal
   2  a fair amount
   1  not very much
D How happy have you been for the past five years?
   1  completely unhappy
   2
   3
   4
   5
   6
   7  completely happy

Summation: % positive answers

Response options A, D and C not reported in full detail
Classification:
M-AO-c-mq-*-0-a
Author's label:
Quality of life

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Educational attainment Level of school-education Family income Household income Age Current age (in years) Male sex Sex (male vs female) Married Married state (compared to non-married states) House owner House owned or rented Community size Community size