Findings on happiness in Jones (2002a): study CA 1998

Author(s)Jones, F.
TitleHappiness and Optimism among Canada's 12 to 15 Years Old.
SourceReligious Commitment Note 02-12, 2002, Christian Commitment Research Institute, Canada
Public12-15 aged, Canada, 1998
Collect period10
 October 1998- June 1999
Survey nameNot available
 Canadian National Longitudinal Survey of Children an Youth (NLSCY), Cycle 3, 1998, 1999. This panel follows children into adulthood and involves interviews every two years.
SampleProbability cluster sample
 Children aged 12-15, living in private households were selected from this sample
Respondents N =31194
Non Response13%
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: In general, I am happy with how things are in my life right now 1 disagree strongly 2 disagree 3 agree 4 strongly agree
Author's labelhappiness
Page in publication5
RemarksThe categories 1 "disagree strongly"and 2 "disagree" were clustered to one category: 2 "disagree".
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 4On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.60

Scores in1234

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
Education of the motherF01ag01Parents education
Faith commuity affiliationR12acCurrent religious denomination
Family compositionF01ab03Mixed kin sibblings
Family compositionF01ab02Number of parents (broken home), also classified as above ↑
Girls and boysG01aaSex (male vs female)
Household incomeI01ab03Household income
Regional variationR01ab06Region in Canada
Smoking of the motherF01af01iaSmoking of parents
Work status of the motherE02ad01Full-time vs part-time
Work status of the motherF02af01Oneself-mother: works (vs not), also classified as above ↑
Work status of the motherE02af01Part-time working of house-wives, also classified as above ↑
Work status of the motherF01ajWorking mother, also classified as above ↑
Worship frequency of the childR12ad02Participation in church
Worship frequency of the motherF01af01mReligiousness of parents