Findings on happiness in Kemp & Krause (1999): study US California 1994

Author(s)Kemp, B.J.; Krause, J.S.
TitleDepression and Life Satisfaction Among People Ageing with Post-Polio and Spinal Cord Injury.
SourceDisability and Rehabilitation, 1999, Vol. 21, 241 - 249
DOIDoi: 10.1080/096382899297666
PublicPost-polio and Spinal cord injury and controls, California, USA 199?
Survey nameUnnamed study
 For Spanish-speaking individuals, all questionnaires were first translated into Spanish. They were then back translated into English by a different Spanish-speaking professional.
SampleNon-probability purposive-expert sample
 The spinal cord injury sample was recruited from the Spinal Cord Injury Clinic at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center (RLAMC). The post-polio sample was recruited from the Post-Polio Clinic at RLAMC and from the community. The non-disabled participantswere matched in age to the polio sample and came from the same neighbourhoods as the post-polio group. They were recruited by word-of-mouth contact by the polio participants and from local newspaper articles.
Respondents N =360
 spinal cord injury: N = 177; post-polio: N = 12; non-disabled: N = 62
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 not reported, assumed
General remarksYear of data gathering not reported, assumed 1994
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on a single question: satisfaction overall life (full text not reported) 4 very satisfied 3 mostly satisfied 2 somewhat dissatisfied 1 very dissatisfied
Author's labelOverall life satisfaction
Page in publication245
RemarksOverall mean computed by WDH staff
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 4On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Disabled and non-disabledshow  Kind of handicap
Disabled and non-disabledshow  Physical handicap, also classified as above ↑