Findings on happiness in Kemp & Krause (1999): study US California 1994 /1

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
PublicSpinal cord injury patients, Southern California, USA, 199?
Survey nameUnnamed study
 For Spanish-speaking individuals, all questionnaires were first translated into Spanish, then back to English by a different Spanish-speaking professional.
SampleNon-probability purposive-expert sample
 The sample was recruited from the Spinal Cord Injury Clinic at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center (RLAMC).
Respondents N =177
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 not reported, assumed face-to-face
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 publication245-246
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 4On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.80

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Age at injuryshow  Earlier life (antecedents of happiness)
Age at injuryshow  Earlier physical health, also classified as above ↑
Age at injuryshow  Specific earlier life-events, also classified as above ↑
Current ageshow  Current age (in years)
Duration of disabilityshow  Stage of disease
Level of injuryshow  Severity of handicap