Findings on happiness in Gee (2000a): study CA British Columbia 1996

Author(s)Gee, E.M.
TitleLiving Arrangements and Quality of Life among Chinese Canadian Elders.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 2000, Vol. 51, 309 - 329
Public65+ aged, Chinese Canadians, Canada, 1996
 Elderly Chinese living in Canada, Greater Vancouver and Greater Victoria
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
 Sampling was drawn from the list of persons with Chinese surnames who were on the rooster of the British Columbia Medical Services Plan.
Respondents N =2158
 The list of elderly Chinese living in sampling area included 2500. Of these 2158 were contacted.
Non Response28.5%
 No contact was ever made with 296 cases (the telephone was out of order, the person no longer lived in the area, there was no answer after ten attempsts). 775 cases was inelligible since the person was not Chinese, was too frail/ill to come to the telephone, was away for a long period, or had died. In 242 cases the person fefused to be interviewed.
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Respondents were interviewed in their own homes by trained Chinese interviewers, both seniors and non-seniors, in the language of their choice.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question .. life .. (text not reported) 5 very satisfied 4 3 2 1 very dissatisfied
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
Country of birthN10aa01Earlier nationality (nation of origin)
English-speaking abilityL01aa02Change in language
Frequency of seeing non-coresident childrenC05abCurrent relation with one's children
Have confidanteF06adCurrent friendship network
HealthH14ab02Self-perceived health
Living arrangementH20ab01Living alone or not
Living arrangementH20ab02Living with children, also classified as above ↑
Living arrangement- widowed womenH20ab01Living alone or not
Living arrangement- widowed womenH20ab02Living with children, also classified as above ↑
Living ArrangementsH20ab02Living with children
Number of close friendsF06ab01Number of close friends
Personal incomeI01ab01Personal income
See children as often as wantC05ab02Relation with children living on their own
Years in CanadaN10aaNationality career