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 labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
BilingualL01aa03Later language
BilingualL01ab01Number of languages spoken, also classified as above ↑
Confide-ChildS10abCurrent social support received
Confide-ChildS10ab03Kind of social support received, also classified as above ↑
Confide-SpouseS10ab03Kind of social support received
Confide-SpouseM04ad01Support by spouse, also classified as above ↑
Demands-ChildC05acAttitude to relation with one's children
Demands-SpouseM04adCurrent behaviors of spouse
EducationE01ab01Years schooling
English fluencyL01abCurrent language
Financial-ChildS10abCurrent social support received
Financial-ChildS10ab03Kind of social support received, also classified as above ↑
Financial-SpouseS10ab03Kind of social support received
Financial-SpouseM04ad01Support by spouse, also classified as above ↑
GenderG01aaSex (male vs female)
IncomeI01ab03Household income
MuslimR12acCurrent religious denomination
Negative FeelingsM15ac04bFeeling down (vs not)
Negative FeelingsM15aa03Later mood-pattern, also classified as above ↑
Nerves-ChildC05acAttitude to relation with one's children
Nerves-ChildC01ad01Attitudes to one's own children, also classified as above ↑
Nerves-SpouseS10acAttitudes to social support received
Sick Care-ChildS10abCurrent social support received
Sick Care-ChildS10ab03Kind of social support received, also classified as above ↑
Sick Care-SpouseS10ab03Kind of social support received
Sick Care-SpouseM04ad01Support by spouse, also classified as above ↑
Total VariantsS15ab08Socio-demographic + social ties
Total VariantsS15ab01Socio-demographic factors only, also classified as above ↑
US bornL08aaEarlier life (antecedents of happiness)
US bornM07aa01Ever migrated or not, also classified as above ↑
?30 years in USN10aaNationality career
?30 years in USM07aa02Time since migration, also classified as above ↑