Findings on happiness in Homel & Burns (1989): study AU 1987

Author(s)Homel, R.; Burns, A.
TitleEnvironmental Quality and the Well-Being of Children.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 1989, Vol. 21, 133 - 158
DOIDOI: 10.1007/BF00300500
PublicBasic school children, Sydney, Australia ,1987
 Children from 18 neighborhoods varying in social and environmental quality.
Survey nameUnnamed study
 Part of a larger survey of community and family interaction representing the total Sydney population.
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
 3-stage probability sample, neighborhoods (LGA's) stratified according to social problem level (high, medium, low) and whether they were less than 1 hour driving from from the central business district or not.
Respondents N =321
Non Response29,6%
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelf report on different single questions Responses transformed to common 0 to 10 scale - scores on verbal response scales transformed using Thurstone's technique of expert weighing - scores on numerical scales shorter than 11 step transformed by linear stretching
Author's labelEmotional adjustment
Page in publication136,144
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Child's age and sexeS15ab01Socio-demographic factors only
Family variablesF01ahSocio-cultural background (earlier for adults, current for young)
Family variablesF01agSocio-economic background (earlier for adults, current for young), also classified as above ↑
Family variablesS15ab44Various combinations of current conditions, also classified as above ↑
HousingH22ab03Quality of current dwelling
Neighborhood's social problemsL17ab05Social probems in vinicity
Street-typeL12ab05dQuality of housing in vinicity