Findings on happiness in Cornelisse-Vermaat (2005): study NL 2001

Author(s)Cornelisse-Vermaat, J.R.
TitleHousehold Production, Health and Happiness. A Comparison of the Native Dutch and Non-Western Immigrants in the Netherlands.
SourcePhD Thesis, University of Wageningen, 2005, Netherlands
Public18+ aged, general public, The Netherlands, 2001
Survey nameNot available
SampleProbability stratified sample
Respondents N =2551
 Native Dutch: 701; Migrants: Surinames/Antillean: 701; Maroccan: 449; Turks: 700
Non Response76,6%
 The Maroccans appeared to be the most difficult group to contact.
AssesmentInterview: telephone (CATI)
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Here is a picture of a ladder. Suppose we say that the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom represents the worst possible life for you. Where on the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time? [ 10 ] best possible life [ 9 ] [ 8 ] [ 7 ] [ 6 ] [ 5 ] [ 4 ] [ 3 ] [ 2 ] [ 1 ] [ 0 ] worst possible life Preceded by 1) open questions about what the respondent imagines as the best possible life and the worst possible life. 2) ratings on the ladder of one's life five years ago and where on the ladder one expects to stand five years from now. Name: Cantril's self anchoring ladder rating of life (original)
Author's labelSelf-reported happiness
Page in publication134
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Educationshow  Level of school-education
Ethnic groupsshow  Ethnic status in the Netherlands
Gendershow  Sex (male vs female)
Homeownershipshow  House owned or rented
Household and caretimeshow  Time spend on household-work
Household Incomeshow  Household income
Living in urban areashow  Rural vs urban dwelling
Marital status/having childrenshow  Married state (compared to non-married states)
Outsourcing Expendituresshow  Household help
Overweightshow  Weight
Religious affiliationshow  Current religious practices
Self-reported healthshow  Self-perceived health
Smokingshow  Use of tobacco
Unemploymentshow  Unemployed involuntary
Working hoursshow  Hours work
Working hoursshow  Time spent on work and care, also classified as above ↑