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

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
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.)
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
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.77

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
Birth cohortA04abCurrent age (in years)
Correlation of happiness scores over timeH04ab01bPast happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago)
Divorce/separation from first partnerM01aa02aEver divorced/separated
Divorce/separation from first partnerM02aa03Married vs divorced, also classified as above ↑
Divorce/separation from first partnerM02aa04Married vs separated , also classified as above ↑
EducationE01ab02Level of school-education
Fell unemployedE02aa02abFalling unemployed
Fell unemployedL05ab02Specific life-changes, also classified as above ↑
First childC03abCurrent parental status
First childC03aa01Ever had children (vs not), also classified as above ↑
First paid jobE02abCurrent employment status
GenderG01aaSex (male vs female)
Got divorced from first partnerM01ab02aRecent divorce/separation
Got divorced from first partnerL05ab02Specific life-changes, also classified as above ↑
Got first childC03aa02bBirth of children
Got first childL05ab02Specific life-changes, also classified as above ↑
Got married to first partnerM01ab01bRecent marriage
Got married to first partnerM01ab01aRecent start of living as married, also classified as above ↑
Got married to first partnerL05ab02Specific life-changes, also classified as above ↑
Got olderA04aa01Ageing
Got olderH04ab01cLong term happiness (< 10 years ago), also classified as above ↑
Got one's first paid jobE02aa02acGetting (re)employed
Got one's first paid jobL05ab02Specific life-changes, also classified as above ↑
Left parental homeH20ab06Living with parents
Left parental homeH22aa02Change in housing
Left parental homeL05ab02Specific life-changes, also classified as above ↑
Living together/marriage first partnerM01aa01aEver lived as married
Living together/marriage first partnerM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states), also classified as above ↑
Living with a second partnerM01ab01cRecent re-marriage
Mental healthH13abCurrent general mental health
Mental healthH15ab02Current mental complaints, also classified as above ↑
NeuroticismH13ac05cNeurotic (f48)
Remarried to second partnerM01ab01cRecent re-marriage
Remarried to second partnerL05ab02Specific life-changes, also classified as above ↑
UnemployedE02ab03Unemployed involuntary
Years since divorce/separation from first partnerM01ab02aRecent divorce/separation
Years since first child:C03aaDevelopment of parental status
Years since first paid jobE02aaDevelopment of one's employment
Years since left parental homeH22aa01Earlier housing
Years since left parental homeF01aa02Recent change in family situation, also classified as above ↑
Years since Living together/marriage first partnerM03aa03cLength of current marriage
Years since Living together/marriage first partnerM01ab01bRecent marriage, also classified as above ↑
Years since living together/marriage second partnerM01ab01cRecent re-marriage