Findings on happiness in Soons (2006): study NL 1987

Author(s)Soons, J.P.
TitleHet Geluk van de Happy Single. (The Happiness of the Happy Single).
SourceDemos, 2006, Vol. 10, 75 - 77
PublicYoung adults, followed from age 18 to 26, The Netherlands, 1987-1999
Survey nameNot available
 Panel Study of Social Integration in the Netherlands (PSIN)
SampleProbability stratified sample
Respondents N =1775
 T1 1775, T3 1257
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 And questionnaires
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on four questions: Using the 1-7 scale below, indicate your agreement with each of the items by placing the appropriate number on the line preceding that item. Please be open and honest in your responding. A In most ways my life is close to ideal B The conditions of my life are excellent C I am satisfied with my life D So far, I have gotten the important things I want in life Answers rated: 7 strongly agree 6 agree 5 slightly agree 4 neither agree nor disagree 3 slightly disagree 2 disagree 1 strongly disagree Computation: A+B+C+D Name: Shortened Diener's Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS) (In the original scale item 5 reads: 'If I could live my life over, I would change nothing'. This item is left out in this selection because a positive answer to this question does not necessarily mean that the respondent doesn't like the life he/she actually lives.)
Author's labelWelbevinden (Well-being)
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeingH04ab01bPast happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago), also classified as above ↑
Daily activityE02abCurrent employment status
Daily activityS01ac01aInvolved in schooling or not, also classified as above ↑
Having a partner or notM01ab01aRecent start of living as married
Relation history of the singleM01aaEarlier marital states
Sexe (gender)G01aaSex (male vs female)