Findings on happiness in Moon & Mikami (2007): study JP 2004

Author(s)Moon, J S.; Mikami, H.
TitleDifference in subjective Well-being between ethnic Korean and Japanese elderly Residents in an Urban Community in Japan.
SourceGeriatrics and Gerontology International, 2007, Vol. 7, 371 - 379
Public65+aged, ethnic Korean naturalized as Japanese and Japanese, Japan, 2005
Collect period11/2004
Last collect period01/2005
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
Respondents N =425
 Japanese N=221, Korean N=204
Non Response21.7%
 9.2% hospitalization, death or residential relocation, 11.6% declined to particpate in the survey, 5% gave invalid answers
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Questionnaire delivered to respondents by the chairpersons of the neighborhood association or the investigator
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Write any number between 0 and 100 that describes your quality of life 100 perfect 95 90 85 80 75 70 65 60 55 50 45 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 might as well be dead
Author's labelLife Satisfaction
Page in publication376
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 100On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation25.802.85

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Absence of "sense of purpose in life"show  Current meaning of life
Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Basic ADLshow  Degree of restriction
Ethnicityshow  Ethnic status in specific nations
GDSshow  Depressive (f31-33)
Gendershow  Sex (male vs female)
History of lifestyle-related diseaseshow  Health career
Literacyshow  Literacy
Living aloneshow  Living alone or not
Pensionshow  Pension
Public Assistanceshow  Later source of income
Total Variantsshow  Socio-demographic + health + life-appraisals