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Timmermans (1997): study CH 1989

Publication

Author(s):
Timmermans, D.
Title:
Correlates of Happiness in 42 Nations: Analysis of the World Values Study 1990 - 1991
Source:
No report available. Findings directly entered in the World Database of Happiness. Based on analysis of World Values Survey 2.

Investigation

Public:
18+ aged, general public, Switzerland, 1999
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 1400
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Structured interview

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Taking all things together, would you say you are.....?
4  very happy
3  quite happy
2  not very happy
1  not at all happy.
Classification:
O-HL-u-sq-v-4-a
Author's label:
Happiness
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0.4%,   2: 5.1%,   3: 58%,   4: 35.4%   (total 98.9%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 4 On range 0-10
Mean:
3.30 7.70
Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as-a-whole now.....?
1   dissatisfied
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10  satisfied
Classification:
O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-aa
Author's label:
Life satisfaction
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0.3%,   2: 0.2%,   3: 1%,   4: 1.5%,   5: 5.5%,   6: 5.8%,   7: 9.5%,   8: 23.9%,   9: 14.7%,   10: 37.8%   (total 100.2%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 10 On range 0-10
Mean:
8.38 8.20
Full text:
Selfreport on 10 questions:

During the past few weeks, did you ever feel ....?  (yes/no)
A   Particularly excited or interested in something?
B   So restless that you couldn't sit long in a chair?
C   Proud because someone complimented you on something  
     you had done?
D   Very lonely or remote from other people?
E   Pleased about having accomplished something?
F   Bored?
G   On top of the world?
H   Depressed or very unhappy?
I    That things were going your way?
J    Upset because someone criticized you?

Answer options and scoring:
yes = 1
no  = 0
Summation:
-Positive Affect Score (PAS): A+C+E+G+I
-Negative Affect Score (NAS): B+D+F+H+J
-Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS minus NAS
Possible range: -5 to +5

Name: Bradburn's 'Affect Balance Scale' (standard version)
Classification:
A-BB-cm-mq-v-2-a
Author's label:
Affect Balance Scale
Remarks:
"+5 High           .4%
+4               2.4%
+3               8.1%
+2              18.9%
+1              41.4%
0               11.4%
-1              13.7%
-2               3.1%
-3                .5%
-4                .1%
-5 Low           0.0%        

M = "
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range -5 - 5 On range 0-10
Mean:
0.93 5.90

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Global health rating Global health rating Perceived fate control Inner locus of control Satisfaction with job Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole Satisfaction with financial situation Satisfaction with financial situation Church-member or not Church-member or not Self-definition as religious Self-definition as religious Satisfaction with family-life Satisfaction with family-life Current marital status MARRIAGE: CURRENT MARITAL STATUS Number of children Number of children Political concern Political concern Male sex Sex (male vs female) Current age Current age (in years) Current Household- composition Current household-composition Current employment status Current employment status Household income Household income