Findings on happiness in Jelicic & Kempen (1999): study NL Goningen 1992

Author(s)Jelicic, M.; Kempen, G.I.
TitleShort Report: Chronic Medical Conditions and Life Satisfaction in the Elderly.
SourcePsychology and Health, 1999, Vol. 14, 65 - 70
Public57+ aged, North Netherlands, 1992
 Patients of 27 family physicians participating in the Morbidity Registration Network Groningen (RNG). Living independently or in adapted housing for eldery people.
Survey nameNot available
 Groningen Longitudiual Ageing Survey (GLAS).
SampleProbability stratified sample
Respondents N =8723
Non Response44,5%
 22,2% refused, 14,6% declined cooparation when contacted by research team, 1,7% had passed away or left the practice, 0,9% participants are excluded because of severe cognitive impairments at the interview
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 At home
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: We have talked about various parts of your life, now I want to ask you about your life as a whole. How satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days.....? 7 completely satisfied 6 5 4 neutral 3 2 1 completely dissatisfied
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Age difference among elderly
Chronic medical conditionsshow  Chronic illness
Chronic medical conditionsshow  Currently in treatment or not, also classified as above ↑
Chronic medical conditionsshow  Number of illnesses treated, also classified as above ↑
Social economic statusshow  Current socio-economic status