Findings on happiness in Cummins et al. (2004b): study AU 2004

Publication
Author(s)Cummins, R.A.; Eckersley, R.; Hunter, B.; Lo, S.K.; Okerstrom, E.; Woerner, J.
TitleAustralian Unity Wellbeing Index, Survey 12, Report 12.0. Part A: The Report. The Wellbeing of Australians. Job Security.
SourceAustralian Center on Quality of Life, October 2004, Melbourne, Australia
URLhttp://www.acqol.com.au/reports/index.php
Investigation
Public18+ aged, general public, Australia, 2004
 Fluent in English
Collect period8
Survey nameNot available
 Wave 12 of Australian Unity Wellbeing Survey
SampleProbability area sample
 Randomly drawn telephone numbers
Respondents N =1997
Non Response88%
AssesmentInterview: telephone (CATI)
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Thinking about your own life and personal circumstances, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole? 1 very dissatisfied 2 3 4 5 neutral 6 7 8 9 10 very satisfied First item in Cummins' 'Personal Well-being Scale' (labels used until 2005)
ClassificationO-SLW-u-sq-n-11-ca
Author's labelLife as a whole
Page in publication4+134
RemarksThe values presented in the report are stretched to range 0-100 Normative Ranges Calculated from Survey Mean Scores: All Mt = 7,76; -2SD Mt= 4,29; +2SD Mt= 11,24 Don't know: N = 5 Don't understand: N = 1
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Mean7.917.91
Standard deviation1.641.64


Full textSelfreport on single question: Now I am going to ask you how you FEEL, not just at the moment, but GENERALLY in your life. How happy do you generally feel? On a scale from o to 10... 0 completely unhappy 1 2 3 4 5 neutral 6 7 8 9 10 completely happy
ClassificationM-FH-g-sq-n-11-b
Author's labelHappiness
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Chronological Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Fulltime Work Statusshow  Current additional jobs
Fulltime Work Statusshow  Current employment status, also classified as above ↑
Fulltime Work Statusshow  Current occupation, also classified as above ↑
Fulltime Work Statusshow  Current status: retired or not, also classified as above ↑
Fulltime Work Statusshow  Division of household-work, also classified as above ↑
Fulltime Work Statusshow  Voluntary work, also classified as above ↑
Gendershow  Sex (male vs female)
Household Incomeshow  Current income level (unspecified)
Household Structureshow  Children in the household
Household Structureshow  Current household-work, also classified as above ↑
Household Structureshow  Living alone or not, also classified as above ↑
Household Structureshow  Living in communal household, also classified as above ↑
Looking for Workshow  Aspirations for employment
Looking for Workshow  Looking for another job, also classified as above ↑
Marital Statusshow  Married state (compared to non-married states)
Personal Well-Being ( PWB)show  Satisfaction with multiple domains of life
Raw Olympic Dateshow  Moment of the interview
Survey Numbershow  ERA (temporal period)