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 label Our subject description
Agreeablenessshow  Agreeable
Conscientiousnessshow  Conscientious
Country of birthshow  Earlier nationality (nation of origin)
Country of birthshow  Migration at young age, also classified as above ↑
Deprivation indexshow  Current possessions
Deprivation indexshow  Relative resources, also classified as above ↑
Disabiltiesshow  Disability
Emotional stabilityshow  Emotional
Ethnicityshow  Ethnic status in Britain
Extraversionshow  Extraverted
Gendershow  Sex (male vs female)
Learning difficultiesshow  Intelligence defects
Learning difficultiesshow  School-success, also classified as above ↑
Opennesshow  Open
Parental status: lone parentshow  Number of parents (broken home)
Parental status: step parentshow  Non-biological child
Parental status: step parentshow  Number of parents (broken home), also classified as above ↑
Religionshow  Current religious denomination
Year groupshow  Current stage in school-career