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Studies

Shin & Johnson (1978): study US 1975

Publication

Author(s):
Shin, D.C.; Johnson, D.M.
Title:
Avowed Happiness as the Overall Assesment of the Quality of Life.
Source:
Social Indicators Research, 1978, Vol. 5, 475 - 492

Investigation

Public:
Heads of households, Illinois, USA, 1975
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 665
Non Response:
17%
Assessment:
Interview: telephone (CATI)

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Taken all together, how would you say things are these days?   Would you say that you are....?
3  very happy
2  pretty happy
1  not too happy
Classification:
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aa
Author's label:
Self-assessment of happiness

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Race Ethnic status in the USA Male sex Sex (male vs female) Age Current age (in years) Income Household income Education Level of school-education Home ownership House owned or rented Marital status Married state (compared to non-married states) Number of children Number of children Number of people living together Number of persons in household Assessment of standard of living Satisfaction with standard of living Assessment of leisure time Satisfaction with leisure Assessment of housing Satisfaction with housing Assessment of health Global health rating Assessment of education Satisfaction with education Assessment of community Attitude to vinicity Assessment of quality of local government Attitudes to local government
Attitudes to local government
Participation in communal activities Attendance to meetings Participation in work Current employment status Perceived life- enjoyment relative to others Perceived difference with own happiness Perceived financial improvement over time Change to better or worse Resources, assesments and comparisons Socio-demographic + life-appraisals