Findings on happiness in Headey & Wearing (1992): study AU AU Victoria 1981

Author(s)Headey, B.; Wearing, A.J.
TitleUnderstanding Happiness: A Theory of Subjective Well-Being.
SourceLongman Cheshire, 1992, Melbourne, Australia
Public18+ aged, general public, Victoria, Australia, 1981-1989
Last assesment1989
 T1: 1981, T2: 1989
Survey nameNot available
 Victoria Quality of Life Survey (1989) Most of the data on happiness reported in this book are not included in this excerpt. The 'life-satisfaction index' that is used gives equal weight to satisfaction with life-as-a-whole and life-fullfillment an
SampleProbability stratified sample
Respondents N =502
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Mailed questionnaire
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: "Generally speaking, how (much) do you feel happy? What score do you give if we put ten for 'extremely happy, zero for extremely unhappy' and five for neither happy nor unhappy'?" 10 extremely happy 9 8 7 6 5 neither happy nor unhappy 4 3 2 1 0 extremely unhappy
Finding used in
nation ranks

Full textSelf report on single question: Question on perception of quality of 'present life'. (Full lead item not reported) 20 best possible life . . . 0 worst possible life
Author's labelPerception of present life
Page in publication154
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Anxietyshow  Anxious
Anxietyshow  Feeling secure (vs threatened), also classified as above ↑
BDI (Beck Depression Inventory)show  Depressive (f31-33)
GHQ (General Health Questionnaire)show  Scores on symptom inventories
Negative affectshow  Current mood of the moment
Satisfaction with Life scale (SWLS)show  Happiness inventories involving unacceptable items