Findings on happiness in Fernandez Ballesteros et al. (2001): study ES 1996

Publication
Author(s)Fernandez Ballesteros, R.; Ruiz, M.A.; Zamarron, M.D.
TitleThe Contribution of Socio-Demographic and Psychological Factors to Life Satisfaction.
SourceAgeing and Society, 2001, Vol. 21, 25 - 43
Investigation
Public65+ aged, Spain, 1996
 Time of data gathering is not reported.
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleProbability simple random sample
Respondents N =507
 The sample consisted of 210 men and 297 women; ranging from 65 to 95 years and it was representative by age and gender of the elderly Spanish population.
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 The respondents were interviewed at home.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How satisfied are you with your life at present? 1 not at all 2 3 4 very much
ClassificationO-SLu-c-sq-v-4-g
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication28
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 4On range 0 - 10
Mean2.82
Standard deviation0.79


Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Education levelshow  Level of school-education
Gendershow  Sex (male vs female)
Incomeshow  Personal income
Marital Statusshow  Married state (compared to non-married states)
Marital Statusshow  Married vs divorced, also classified as above ↑
Marital Statusshow  Married vs never married, also classified as above ↑
Marital Statusshow  Recent marriage, also classified as above ↑
Marital Statusshow  Vs divorced, also classified as above ↑
Marital Statusshow  Vs divorced, also classified as above ↑
Marital Statusshow  Vs separated, also classified as above ↑