Findings on happiness in Scales & Scase (2001): study GB 2001

Author(s)Scales, J.; Scase, R.
TitleFit and Fifty? Britain Towards 2010.
SourceReport, Foresight Programme's Leisure and Earning, 2001, UK
Public50-59 aged, Britain, 2001
Survey nameUK-BHPS 2001
 British Household Panel Study is an annual survey which began in 1991 and consisting of a nationally representative sample.
SampleProbability stratified sample
 The sample is drawn from the Postcode Address File and all residents present at those addresses at the first wave of the survey were designated as panel members.
Respondents N =5500
 Panel members are re-interviewed each successive year and, if they split-off from original households to form new households, they are followed and all adult members of these households are also interviewed. Similarly, new members joining sample households become eligible for interview and children are interviewed as they reach the age of 16.
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
General remarksExtension samples of 1,500 households in each of Scotland and Wales were added to the main BHPS sample in 1999 to enable independent analysis of each country. In 2001 a sample of 2,000 households was added in Northern Ireland. The total sample size for the BHPS including the extension samples is now around 10,000 households across the UK. The extension samples allow for country specific and comparative research within the UK.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question; How satisfied are you with your life overall? 7 completely satisfied 6 mostly satisfied 5 somewhat satisfied 4 neither satisfied nor dissatisfied 3 somewhat dissatisfied 2 mostly dissatisfied 1 completely dissatisfied
Author's labelSatisfaction with life overall
Page in publication4
RemarksThe scale was 7 point originally. It was reduced to 3 point.
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.16

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Employment status and income streamE02abCurrent employment status
Employment status and income streamE02aa02afOut of workforce, also classified as above ↑
Employment status and income streamI01ad03Type of income, also classified as above ↑