Findings on happiness in Layard et al. (2013): study GB 2004

Publication
Author(s)Layard, R.; Clark, A.E.; Powdthavee, N
TitleWhat Predicts a Successful Life? A Life-Course Model of Well-Being.
SourceCEP Discussion Paper, 2013, No. 1245, London, UK
URLhttp://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2345599
Investigation
Public34 aged, United Kingdom, followed from childhood, 2004
 The longitudinal target sample consists of ALL those born (including stillbirths) in Great Britain in the second week of march 1970, until they die or permanently emigrate from Britain. The longitudinal achieved sample is all those members of the longitudinal target sample who participate in a particular sweep (meaning at least one survey instrument partially completed).
Collect period1996-2004
 Assessment off well-being at age 34. Assessment of emotional health and self-perceived health at age 26.
Survey nameUK-British Cohort Study
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
 The sample consists of all the members of the cohort who participate in a particular sweep (meaning at least one survey instrument partially completed). Data set using imputation for missing variables.
Respondents N =8868
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Here is a scale from 0 to 10. On it, "0" means that you are completely dissatisfied and "10 " means that you are completely satisfied. Please ring ONE number to show just how dissatisfied or satisfied you are about the way your life has turned out so far 0 completely dissatisfied 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 completely satisfied
ClassificationO-SLC-h-sq-n-11-bb
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication4
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Age when father left full time educationshow  Parents education
Age when mother left full time educationshow  Parents education
Both natural parents live in household at 10show  Presence of parents
Educational achievementshow  Current education
Emotional healthshow  Earlier mental health
Employedshow  Current employment status
Employment rate of fathershow  Unemployment of parents
Family economicshow  Socio-economic background (earlier for adults, current for young)
Family psychosocialshow  Earlier family situation
Family weekly income at 10show  Socio-economic background (earlier for adults, current for young)
Femaleshow  Sex (male vs female)
Good conduct at adulthoodshow  Earlier aggression
Good conduct at adulthoodshow  Earlier criminal behaviour, also classified as above ↑
Good conduct at adulthoodshow  Earlier mental health, also classified as above ↑
Good conduct at adulthoodshow  Earlier personality traits, also classified as above ↑
Good conduct in childhoodshow  Earlier aggression
Good conduct in childhoodshow  Earlier criminal behaviour, also classified as above ↑
Good conduct in childhoodshow  Earlier mental health, also classified as above ↑
Good conduct in childhoodshow  Earlier personality traits, also classified as above ↑
Has partnershow  Married state (compared to non-married states)
Income (ln)show  Current income level (unspecified)
Intellectual performanceshow  Earlier intelligence
Mother's average mental health at 5 and 10show  Mental health of parents
Number of siblingsshow  Number of siblings
Post-marital conceptionshow  Conditions of conception
Self-perceived healthshow  Self-perceived health
Social class of fathershow  Socio-economic background (earlier for adults, current for young)
Summed effects of childhood and adulthoodshow  Summed effects of life-career conditions