Findings on happiness in Ajrouch (2007): study US Detroit 2001

TitleResources and Well-being among Arab-American elders
SourceJournal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, (2007), 22: 167-182
DOIdoi: 10/1007/10823-006-9033-z
Public56+aged, Arab-Americans, USA, 2001-2002
 Arab-American refers to those individuals whose ancestors arrived from an Arab speaking country, which include 22 nations in North Africa and West Asia.
Collect periodNovember 2001
Last collect periodSpring 2002
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleNon-probability snowball sample
 Respondents were accessed primarily through religious institutions.
Respondents N =101
 Lebanese 57%, Syrian 19%, Iraqi 10%
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Based on language preference, two-thirds of the interviews were conducted in English and one-third in Arabic by a native Arabic-speaking bi-lingual interviewer. Interviews occurred at the participants' homes and lasted for approximately an hour.
General remarksInterviews started after 9/11 terrorist assaults in the US by Arab Islamists
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days? 7 completely satisfied 6 quite satisfied 5 somewhat satisfied 4 neither satisfied nor dissatisfied 3 somewhat dissatisfied 2 quite dissatisfied 1 completely dissatisfied
Author's labelLife Satisfaction
Page in publication172
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Bilingualshow  Later language
Bilingualshow  Number of languages spoken, also classified as above ↑
Confide-Childshow  Current social support received
Confide-Childshow  Kind of social support received, also classified as above ↑
Confide-Spouseshow  Kind of social support received
Confide-Spouseshow  Support by spouse, also classified as above ↑
Demands-Childshow  Attitude to relation with one's children
Demands-Spouseshow  Current behaviors of spouse
Educationshow  Years schooling
English fluencyshow  Current language
Financial-Childshow  Current social support received
Financial-Childshow  Kind of social support received, also classified as above ↑
Financial-Spouseshow  Kind of social support received
Financial-Spouseshow  Support by spouse, also classified as above ↑
Gendershow  Sex (male vs female)
Incomeshow  Household income
Muslimshow  Current religious denomination
Negative Feelingsshow  Feeling down (vs not)
Negative Feelingsshow  Later mood-pattern, also classified as above ↑
Nerves-Childshow  Attitude to relation with one's children
Nerves-Childshow  Attitudes to one's own children, also classified as above ↑
Nerves-Spouseshow  Attitudes to social support received
Sick Care-Childshow  Current social support received
Sick Care-Childshow  Kind of social support received, also classified as above ↑
Sick Care-Spouseshow  Kind of social support received
Sick Care-Spouseshow  Support by spouse, also classified as above ↑
Total Variantsshow  Socio-demographic + social ties
Total Variantsshow  Socio-demographic factors only, also classified as above ↑
US bornshow  Earlier life (antecedents of happiness)
US bornshow  Ever migrated or not, also classified as above ↑
?30 years in USshow  Nationality career
?30 years in USshow  Time since migration, also classified as above ↑