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 label Our subject description
Contact with friendsshow  Current contacts with friends
Contact with relativesshow  Contacts with relatives
Educationshow  Level of school-education
Financial Statusshow  Relative income
Marital Statusshow  Married state (compared to non-married states)
Raceshow  Ethnic status in the USA
Religious Attendanceshow  Participation in church
Religious membershipshow  Church-member or not
Satisfaction and health and physical conditioonsshow  Satisfaction with health
Satisfaction with family lifeshow  Satisfaction with family-life
Satisfaction with financial situationshow  Satisfaction with financial situation
Satisfaction with friendsshow  Satisfaction with friends
Satisfaction with hobby and leisure time activitiesshow  Satisfaction with leisure activities
Satisfaction with neighborhoodshow  Attitude to neighborhood
Sexshow  Sex (male vs female)
Social participationshow  Current contacts
Total variantsshow  Socio-demographic + life-appraisals
Total variantsshow  Socio-demographic + social ties, also classified as above ↑