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

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
DOIDOI: 10.1007/978-1-4020-6752-5_21
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
Author's labelHow do you feel about your life?
Page in publication349
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 5On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.83

Scores in12345

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Ask for help from whomS10ab02Sources of current support
Chat with whomS06abCurrent contacts
Chat with whomA02ac10Socializing, also classified as above ↑
Confide with whomF06ac03Intimate discussions
Confide with whomA02ac10Socializing, also classified as above ↑
EducationE01ab01Years schooling
Lived with spouseH20ab01Living alone or not
Living arrangementH20abCurrent household-composition
Living arrangementH20ab01Living alone or not, also classified as above ↑
Living arrangementI02ab06Living in an old age home, also classified as above ↑
Main financial sourceI01adSource of current income
ResidenceL13ab02Community size
ResidenceL13ab02bRural vs urban dwelling, also classified as above ↑
SexG01aaSex (male vs female)