Findings on happiness in Goswami (2014): study GB 2011

Author(s)Goswami, H.
TitleChildren's Subjective Well-Being: Socio-Demographic Characteristics and Personality.
SourceChild Indicators Research, 2014, Vol. 7, 119 - 140
DOIDoi: 10.1007/s12187-013-9205-7
Public10-15 aged, schoolchildren, United Kingdom, 2011
Survey nameUnnamed study
 Undertaken by The Childrens's society in collaboration with University of York.
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
 Stratified by government office region, and within each stratum schools selected by size
Respondents N =2400
 Selection from sample of almost 6000 children aged 8 to 15
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: computer assisted (CAPI)
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 5 statements: A My life is going well B My life is just right C I wish I had a different kind of life D I have a good life E I have what I want in life Rated 0 strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 strongly agree Shortened Huebner's BMSLSS 'Multidimensional Student Life satisfaction Scale' (Items left out from original scale are: "My life is better than most young people's" and "I would like to change things in my life) Name SLSS5
Author's labelHuebner's Student Life Satisfaction Scal
Page in publication126
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 4On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.76

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Country of birthN10aa01Earlier nationality (nation of origin)
Country of birthM07aa04Migration at young age, also classified as above ↑
Deprivation indexP12abCurrent possessions
Deprivation indexR13ab03Relative resources, also classified as above ↑
Emotional stabilityP05ayEmotional
EthnicityE04ab03cEthnic status in Britain
GenderG01aaSex (male vs female)
Learning difficultiesI03adIntelligence defects
Learning difficultiesS01ac02School-success, also classified as above ↑
Parental status: lone parentF01ab02Number of parents (broken home)
Parental status: step parentF01ac03Non-biological child
Parental status: step parentF01ab02Number of parents (broken home), also classified as above ↑
ReligionR12acCurrent religious denomination
Year groupS01aa03Current stage in school-career