Findings on happiness in Haisken-DeNew & Sinning (2010): study DE West Germany 2000

Author(s)Haisken-DeNew, J.P.; Sinning, M
TitleSocial Deprivation of Immigrants in Germany.
SourceReview of Income and Wealth, 2010, Vol 56, 715 -733
DOIDOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4991.2010.00417.x
Public16+ aged, general public, West Germany, Germany, followed 5 years, 2000-2004
Last assesment2004
 Only the years 2000, 2002, and 2004
Survey nameDE-SOEP
SampleProbability stratified sample
Respondents N =33186
 5613 person-years of migrants are included
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking all things together, how satisfied are you with your life these days? Please answer with the help of this scale. For instance, when you are totally satisfied with your life, please tick '10'. When you are totally unsatisfied with your life, please tick '0'. You may use all values in between to indicate that you are neither totally satisfied nor totally unsatisfied." 10 totally satisfied 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 totally unsatisfied
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication720, 723
RemarksMean in 2004
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.861.86

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Attending church, religious eventsshow  Change in religion
Attending church, religious eventsshow  Participation in church, also classified as above ↑
Attending cultural eventsshow  Change in participation
Car in householdshow  Car
Car in householdshow  Car, also classified as above ↑
Children in householdshow  Living with children
Consumer durablesshow  Luxury
Currently not registred unemployedshow  Unemployed involuntary
Education over 10 yearsshow  Change in education
Housing conditionsshow  Quality of house
Income equivalent larger than medianshow  Relative to nation
Marriedshow  Married vs never married
No doctor visits last yearshow  Visits to doctor
No handicap/not physically challengedshow  Disability
No hospital stay last yearshow  Hospitalization
No work disability longer than six weeksshow  Unfit for work
Participating actively in sportsshow  Change involvement in sports
Subjective opinion as to domicile sizeshow  Attitudes to housing
Telephoneshow  Telephone
Telephoneshow  Telephone, also classified as above ↑