Findings on happiness in Mookherjee (1998): study US 1991

Author(s)Mookherjee, H.N.
TitlePerception of Happiness among Elderly Persons in Metropolitan USA.
SourcePerceptual and Motor Skills, 1998, Vol. 87, 787 - 793
Public60+aged, metropolitian areas, USA, 1982-1991
Collect period1982-1991
Survey nameUS-NORC
 General Social Survey of the National Opinion Research Center (1982-1991).
SampleProbability simple random sample
 60+ aged living in metropolitian areas selected from pooled general population samples
Respondents N =2739
 The sampling included the older population living in the metropolitian areas of the United States. The older metropolitan population comprises the majority (72%) of the total older population (aged 60 years and over) of the United States.
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking all together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say you are .....? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy
Author's labelPerception of happiness
Page in publication788
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 3On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.661.72

Scores in123

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Contact with friendsF06acCurrent contacts with friends
Contact with relativesF03ab02Contacts with relatives
EducationE01ab02Level of school-education
Financial StatusI01aeRelative income
Marital StatusM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
RaceE04ab03tEthnic status in the USA
Religious AttendanceR12ad02Participation in church
Religious membershipR12ad01Church-member or not
Satisfaction and health and physical conditioonsH14af04Satisfaction with health
Satisfaction with family lifeF03ac02Satisfaction with family-life
Satisfaction with financial situationI01af05bSatisfaction with financial situation
Satisfaction with friendsF06ah04Satisfaction with friends
Satisfaction with hobby and leisure time activitiesL03ad03bSatisfaction with leisure activities
Satisfaction with neighborhoodL16ac02Attitude to neighborhood
SexG01aaSex (male vs female)
Social participationS06abCurrent contacts
Total variantsS15ab04Socio-demographic + life-appraisals
Total variantsS15ab08Socio-demographic + social ties, also classified as above ↑