Findings on happiness in Amit & Litwin (2010): study IL 2006

Author(s)Amit, K.; Litwin, H.
TitleThe Subjective Well-being of Immigrants Aged 50 and Older in Israel.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 2010, Vol. 98, 89 - 104
Public50+aged immigrants, Israel, 2005-2006
Collect period2005-2006
Survey nameSHARE
 The international SHARE survey is conducted in 12 countries in Europe among elderly people, and addresses questions related to demography, physical and mental health, cognitive functioning, occupation and pension, social support and well being.
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
 Respondents who filled in the drop-off questionnaire employed in SHARE survey were included in sample, because two of the subjective well-being measures of interest to the survey were included in that instrument. The proportion of respondents who returned the drop-off was some 63% of the effective respondent sample. Analyses revealed that the drop-off respondents were similar, on the whole, to the overall sample in terms of their sociodemographic characteristics (Litwin and Sapir 2008). The cut-off for age of the espondens was 50 and above (with no upper limit) who immigrated to Israel in their lifetime.
Respondents N =930
 N origin: Asia 156, Africa 213, East Europe 279, West Europe 74. America 34, FSU (after 1989) 175
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question .. Satisfaction with life.. (full text not reported) 4 very satisfied 3 satisfied 2 dissatisfied 1 very dissatisfied
Author's labelLife Satisfaction
Page in publication94
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 4On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
ActivitiesS08abCurrent total social participation
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
Continent of originN10aa01Earlier nationality (nation of origin)
EducationE01ab02Level of school-education
GenderG01aaSex (male vs female)
HealthH14ab02Self-perceived health
IncomeI01ab03Household income
LanguageL01abCurrent language
Married vs not marriedM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
Total VariantsS15ab17Socio-demographic + health + life-appraisals
Total VariantsS15ab04Socio-demographic + life-appraisals, also classified as above ↑
Total VariantsS15ab01Socio-demographic factors only, also classified as above ↑
Years since migrationM07aa02Time since migration