Findings on happiness in Eden et al. (1998): study SE 1992

Author(s)Eden, L.; Brokhoj, T.; Ejlertsson, G.
TitleIs Disability Pension related to Quality of Life?
SourceScandinavian Journal of Social Welfare, 1998, Vol. 7, 300 - 309
Public25-59 aged disability pensioners, Kristianstad, Sweden, 1992
 Early retired pensioners (ERPs) who were granted a disability pension due to musculoskeletal disorders.
Collect periodJanuary
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
 The study group consisted of persons aged 25-29 years who granted a full time early retirement pension during the period of 1986-1990 due to disorders of the musculoskeletal system.
Respondents N =450
 Control group N= 450 The same questionnaire was also sent to a control group of the same size living in the municipality of Kristianstad. The control group was picked out by choosing an individual of the same age and gender, listed next to every retiree in the population index of Kristianstad municipality. The non response rate was 17.3%.
Non Response16.4%
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How do you feel about your life just now? 5 very good 4 rather good 3 neither good nor bad 2 rather bad 1 very bad
Author's labelPresent quality of life
Page in publication302
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 5On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.84

Scores in12345

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Young versus old
Change in quality of life since unfit to workshow  Attitudes to own (un)employment
Change in quality of life since unfit to workshow  Attitudes to retirement, also classified as above ↑
Change in quality of life since unfit to workshow  Retrospective changes in happiness (unspecified), also classified as above ↑
Gendershow  Sex (male vs female)
Nativeshow  Ethnic status in Sweden
Retirement statusshow  Unfit for work
Workshow  'Objective' socio-economic status
Workshow  Skill level of occupation, also classified as above ↑