Findings on happiness in Li et al. (2008): study CN 2002

Publication
Author(s)Li, D.; Chen, T.; Wu, Z.
TitleAn Exploration of the Subjective Well-Being of the Chinese Oldest-Old.
SourceHealthy Longevity in China, Demographic Methods and Population Analysis, 2008, Vol. 20, 347 - 356
URLhttp://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-1-4020-6752-5_21
DOIDOI: 10.1007/978-1-4020-6752-5_21
Investigation
Public80+ aged, China, 2002
Survey nameUnnamed study
 Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey (CLHLS)
SampleMixed samples
 All centenarians from the randomly selected counties and cities of 22 provinces in China who agreed to participate in the study. For each centenarian, one octogenarian aged 80-89 living nearby, one nearby nonagenarian aged 90-99, and one nearby younger elder aged 65-79 of predesignated age and sex were interviewed.
Respondents N =11175
Non Response1285
 Respondents were not able to answer certain questions mainly because of hearing loss, congnitive impairment, and/or other diseases and illiteracy.
AssesmentMultiple methods
 computer-assisted self interview (CASI), face-to-face interview, self-enumerated questionnaire
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How would you rate your quality of life? 1 very poor 2 poor 3 neither poor nor good 4 good 5 very good
ClassificationO-QOL-u-sq-v-5-a
Author's labelHow do you feel about your life?
Page in publication349
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 5On range 0 - 10
Mean3.67
Standard deviation0.83

Scores in12345
%1.16.331.347.314.0

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ask for help from whomshow  Sources of current support
Chat with whomshow  Current contacts
Chat with whomshow  Socializing, also classified as above ↑
Confide with whomshow  Intimate discussions
Confide with whomshow  Socializing, also classified as above ↑
Educationshow  Years schooling
Lived with spouseshow  Living alone or not
Living arrangementshow  Current household-composition
Living arrangementshow  Living alone or not, also classified as above ↑
Living arrangementshow  Living in an old age home, also classified as above ↑
Main financial sourceshow  Source of current income
Residenceshow  Community size
Residenceshow  Rural vs urban dwelling, also classified as above ↑
Sexshow  Sex (male vs female)