Findings on happiness in Chang & Nayga Jr. (2010): study TW 2001

Author(s)Chang, H.H.; Nayga Jr., R.M.
TitleChildhood Obesity and Unhappiness: the Influence of Soft Drinks and Fast Food Consumption.
SourceJournal of Happiness Studies, 2010, Vol. 11, 261 - 275
PublicUnder 12 aged, children, Taiwan, 2001
 2-12 years old children
Collect period2001.08
Last collect period2002.01
Survey nameUnnamed study
 National Health Interview Survey at Taiwan (NHIS)
SampleProbability stratified sample
Respondents N =2366
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Interviews with the mothers
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textRating by mother in response to single question: How often does your child feel unhappy, sad or depressed? 1 often 2 selden 3 never
RemarksDue to the low percentage of responses in the "often" category, arthors combined the first two categories into a single category to represent unhappiness. 1: unhappy 0: happy
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 3On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.40

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Dentistshow  Visits to doctor
Family incomeshow  Household income
Fast foodshow  What one eats
Gendershow  Sex (male vs female)
Health conditionshow  Heart disease
Health conditionshow  Hospitalization, also classified as above ↑
Health conditionshow  In hospital, also classified as above ↑
Household regional locationshow  Region in Taiwan
Long careshow  Household members
Soft drinkshow  What one eats
Urbanizationshow  Rural vs urban dwelling