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Studies

Sigelman (1981): study US 1974

Publication

Author(s):
Sigelman, L.
Title:
Is Ignorance Bliss? A Reconsideration of the Folk Wisdom.
Source:
Human Relations, 1981, Vol. 34, 965 - 974

Investigation

Public:
18+ aged, general public, USA, 1974-76
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 2650
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Highly structured

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:
Happiness

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Intelligence Test-intelligence Age Current age (in years) Male sex Sex (male vs female) White race Ethnic status in the USA Education Level of school-education Family income Household income Married status Married state (compared to non-married states) Church attendance Participation in church Political participation Voting Health condition Global health rating not named Socio-demographic + health + personality Anomia Development of anomy Satisfaction with four areas of life Dwelling + leisure + social life