Findings on happiness in Gaymu & Springer (2010): study ZZ Europe 2004

Author(s)Gaymu, Joelle; Springer, Sabine
TitleLiving Conditions and Life Satisfaction of Older Europeans Living Alone: A Gender and Cross-country Analysis
SourceAgeing and Society 30, 2010, 1153-1175
DOIdoi: 10.1017/S0144686X10000231
Public60+ aged living alone, 10 European Nations, 2004
Survey nameSHARE
 The study used the data from first wave of SHARE (Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe).
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
Respondents N =3501
 Men= 695, Women= 1957
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question In general, how satisfied are you with your life? 1 very dissatisfied 2 dissatisfied 3 satisfied 4 very satisfied
Author's labelLife Satisfaction
Page in publication1157
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Age (years)show  Current age (in years)
Countryshow  Current nation of residence
Educationshow  Level of school-education
Family Contextshow  Current relation with one's children
Family Contextshow  Ever had children (vs not), also classified as above ↑
Female vs maleshow  Sex (male vs female)
House ownershipshow  House owned or rented
Incomeshow  Household income
Infrastructureshow  Quality of current dwelling
Leisureshow  Leisure
Limitations in daily activitiesshow  Degree of restriction
Marital Statusshow  Ever divorced/separated
Marital Statusshow  Ever widowed, also classified as above ↑
Marital Statusshow  Life-long single, also classified as above ↑
Neighbourhoodshow  Rural vs urban dwelling
Provides helpshow  Current support behavior
Receives helpshow  Current social support received