Findings on happiness in Simoes et al. (2009): study PT 2001

Author(s)Simoes, C.; Batista-Foguet, J.M.; DeMatos, M.G.
TitlePersonal and Social Features in Adolescent's Health.
SourceFreire, T.;Ed.: "Understanding Positive Life Research and Practice on Positive Psychology", Climepsi, 2009, Lisboa, Portugal, 105 - 116
PublicAdolescents, Portugal, 2001-02
Survey nameNot available
 International Health Behaviour in School Children study (HBSC) .
SampleProbability cluster sample
 135 public schools were randomly selected from the 1535 portuguese state schools (excl Madeira and Azores). From these schools classes were selected from grade 6 (127), 8 (122) and 10 (125).
Respondents N =6109
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Teachers administered the self-completion of questionnaires in school classroom.
General remarksSee also TERBO 2002 and BRADS 2006
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Here is a picture of a ladder. The top of the ladder '10' represents the best possible life for you and the bottom '0' is the worst possible life for you. In general , where on the ladder do you feel you stand at the moment? Tick the box next to the number that best describes where you stand 10 best possible 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 worst possible life
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication108,110
Remarks93,3% scored 6-10, 30,3 % scored 9 or 10, 6,1 % scored 0-5, 1 % scored 0 or 1
Finding used in
nation ranks

Full textSelf report on single question: In general, how do you feel about your present life? 4 I feel very happy 3 I feel happy 2 I feel not very happy 1 I feel unhappy
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication108, 109
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 0On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.832.03

Scores in0

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Body satisfactionA07ac01Interest in appearance
Body satisfactionA07adSatisfaction with one's appearance, also classified as above ↑
ClassmatesS01ad05Social climate in school
FamilyF01adFamily climate (earlier for adults, current for young)
FamilyF01ad02Relations with parents, also classified as above ↑
FamilyF01ad01Relations with siblings, also classified as above ↑
Family financial statusF01ag02Parents income
FriendsF06acCurrent contacts with friends
FriendsF06abCurrent number of friends, also classified as above ↑
FriendsF06ac06Visits to friends, also classified as above ↑
HealthH14ab02Self-perceived health
Life satisfactionH07ac01Contentment and happiness
Psychological symptomsH15abCurrent psycho-somatic complaints
Psychological symptomsP05btIrritable, also classified as above ↑
Psychological symptomsP05cbNervous, also classified as above ↑
SchoolS01afAttitudes to school
SchoolS01aa03Current stage in school-career, also classified as above ↑
SchoolS01ac02School-success, also classified as above ↑