Findings on happiness in VanSluijs (2004): study NL 1987

Publication
Author(s)VanSluijs, J.
TitleEffecten van Levenslooptransities op de Tevredenheid van Jong Volwassenen. (Effects of Lifecourse Transition on Satisfaction of Adolescents).
SourceMaster thesis, University Tilburg, 2004, Netherlands
URLhttps://worlddatabaseofhappiness-archive.eur.nl/hap_bib/freetexts/vansluijs_J_2004.pdf
Investigation
PublicYoung adults, followed from age 18 to 30, The Netherlands, 1987-1999
Last assesment1999
 T1: 1987, T3: 1991, T4:1995, T5: 1999
Survey nameNot available
 Panel study of Social Integration in the Netherlands (PSIN)
SampleProbability stratified sample
 Sample from registers of 25 aselect chosen municipalities. The sample of municipalities was stratified for urbanisation and region, the samples were stratified for gender and limited to 3 years of birth: 1961, 1965 and 1969
Respondents N =836
 T1: 1775, T2:1419, T3:1257, T4: 969, T5: 836
Non Response36,6% (baseline)
 Dropout at T2: 20,9%, T3:28,1%, T4:45,8%, T5: 52,9%
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Face to face interviews, questionnaires, telephone interviews (1999)
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on four questions: Using the 1-7 scale below, indicate how much each of the following statements applies for you in the last 18 months. A In most ways my life is close to ideal B The conditions of my life are excellent C I am satisfied with my life D So far, I have gotten the important things I want in life Answers rated: 7 applies completely 6 applies 5 applies slightly 4 neither applies nor does not apply 3 slightly not applicable 2 not applicable 1 applies not at all Computation: A+B+C+D divided by 4 Name: Shortened Diener's Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS), last years version (In the original scale item 5 reads: 'If I could live my life over, I would change nothing'. This item is left out in this selection because a positive answer to this question does not necessarily mean that the respondent doesn't like the life he/she actually lives.)
ClassificationO-Sum-cy-mq-v-7-a
Author's labelLife satisfaction (tevredenheid met leve
Page in publication41, 52
RemarksNot assessed at T2 When 2 or more items were not answered, the result was a missing value for this scale. Responses to the 4 items were summed and next transformed to range 0-10, using the following procedure: - 4 points of the sum were substracted to reduce the lowest possible value to 0 - divided by 24 (28 minus highest possible value 4) - multiplied by 10 All respondents All rounds Ss only N Mt SD N Mt SD T1 1750 7,25 1,91 676 7,49 1,83 T3 1256 7,47 1,78 676 7,63 1,69 T4 936 7,49 1,85 676 7,54 1,83 T5 830 7,72 1,71 676 7,76 1,70
Error estimatesCronbach’s alpha = T1: .80, T3 .86, T34 .89, T5: .86
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Mean7.59
Standard deviation1.77


Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Birth cohortshow  Current age (in years)
Correlation of happiness scores over timeshow  Past happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago)
Divorce/separation from first partnershow  Ever divorced/separated
Divorce/separation from first partnershow  Married vs divorced, also classified as above ↑
Divorce/separation from first partnershow  Married vs separated , also classified as above ↑
Educationshow  Level of school-education
Extraversionshow  Extraverted
Fell unemployedshow  Falling unemployed
Fell unemployedshow  Specific life-changes, also classified as above ↑
First childshow  Current parental status
First childshow  Ever had children (vs not), also classified as above ↑
First paid jobshow  Current employment status
Gendershow  Sex (male vs female)
Got divorced from first partnershow  Recent divorce/separation
Got divorced from first partnershow  Specific life-changes, also classified as above ↑
Got first childshow  Birth of children
Got first childshow  Specific life-changes, also classified as above ↑
Got married to first partnershow  Recent marriage
Got married to first partnershow  Recent start of living as married, also classified as above ↑
Got married to first partnershow  Specific life-changes, also classified as above ↑
Got oldershow  Ageing
Got oldershow  Long term happiness (< 10 years ago), also classified as above ↑
Got one's first paid jobshow  Getting (re)employed
Got one's first paid jobshow  Specific life-changes, also classified as above ↑
Left parental homeshow  Living with parents
Left parental homeshow  Change in housing
Left parental homeshow  Specific life-changes, also classified as above ↑
Living together/marriage first partnershow  Ever lived as married
Living together/marriage first partnershow  Married state (compared to non-married states), also classified as above ↑
Living with a second partnershow  Recent re-marriage
Mental healthshow  Current general mental health
Mental healthshow  Current mental complaints, also classified as above ↑
Neuroticismshow  Neurotic (f48)
Remarried to second partnershow  Recent re-marriage
Remarried to second partnershow  Specific life-changes, also classified as above ↑
Unemployedshow  Unemployed involuntary
Years since divorce/separation from first partnershow  Recent divorce/separation
Years since first child:show  Development of parental status
Years since first paid jobshow  Development of one's employment
Years since left parental homeshow  Earlier housing
Years since left parental homeshow  Recent change in family situation, also classified as above ↑
Years since Living together/marriage first partnershow  Length of current marriage
Years since Living together/marriage first partnershow  Recent marriage, also classified as above ↑
Years since living together/marriage second partnershow  Recent re-marriage