Findings on happiness in Stokols et al. (1983): study US 1980

Author(s)Stokols, D.; Martinez, J.; Shumaker, S.A.
TitleResidential Mobility and Personal Well-Being.
SourceJournal of Environmental Psychology, 1983, Vol. 3, 5 - 19
PublicUniversity employees, California, USA, 1980
 Non-faculty employees of a Californian university.
Collect periodT1: midsummer
Last assesment1980
Last collect periodT2: 3 months later
Survey nameUnnamed study
 Unnamed follow-up study
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
 Respondents were unpaid volunteers from non-faculty employees. A random sample was drawn from all academic and non-academic departments listed in the telephone directory. Next, a stratified sample was selected from each unit to represent all job categories and status levels. These samples were proportionate in size to the number of employees in each unit. Overrepresentation of females.
Respondents N =242
 318 prospective participants, of whom 242 participated in the survey. With a 3 months interval between T1 and T2. From the respondents who completed the T1-questionnaire, 121 respondents agreed to complete the T2-questionnaire.
Non Response24%
 - 6% refused to participate (19) - 18% could not be contacted (57)
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How well do you feel these days? Is your current well-being....? 0 very low 1 2 3 4 very high
Author's labelMorale
Page in publication10
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Environmental exploratory tendencyshow  Attitudes to residential mobility
Job congruenceshow  Current satisfaction with work
Residential congruenceshow  Satisfaction with housing
Residential qualityshow  Quality of current dwelling