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 label Our subject description
Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Education of the mothershow  Parents education
Faith commuity affiliationshow  Current religious denomination
Family compositionshow  Mixed kin sibblings
Family compositionshow  Number of parents (broken home), also classified as above ↑
Girls and boysshow  Sex (male vs female)
Household incomeshow  Household income
Regional variationshow  Region in Canada
Schooltypeshow  School-type
Smoking of the mothershow  Smoking of parents
Work status of the mothershow  Full-time vs part-time
Work status of the mothershow  Oneself-mother: works (vs not), also classified as above ↑
Work status of the mothershow  Part-time working of house-wives, also classified as above ↑
Work status of the mothershow  Working mother, also classified as above ↑
Worship frequency of the childshow  Participation in church
Worship frequency of the mothershow  Religiousness of parents