Findings on happiness in Rohe & Basolo (1997): study US Baltimore, Maryland 1989

Author(s)Rohe, W.M.; Basolo, V.
TitleLong-Term Effects of Homeownership on the Self-Perceptions and Social Interaction of Low-Income Persons.
SourceEnvironment and Behavior, 1997, Vol. 29, 793 - 819
DOIDOI: 10.1177/0013916597296004
Public18+ aged, heads of low-income households, Baltimore city, United States, followed 36 months, 1989-1991
Survey nameUnnamed study
 Longitudinal research
SampleMixed samples
 Non-probability sample of buyers Probability random sample of renters (among those who received Section 8 rental assistance)
Respondents N =283
 First wave: 143 owners, 140 renters Second wave: 125 owners, 101 renters Third wave: 90 owners, 65 renters
Non ResponseNot available
 37 % of buyers and 54 % of renters from the first wave haven't completed the study until the third wave
AssesmentNot available
 assesment method not reported
General remarksYears of data not reported, estimated by WDH team
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How satisfied are you with.your life as a whole these days? 1 very dissatisfied 2 dissatisfied 3 neutral 4 satisfied 5 very satisfied
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication804
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
Change to ownerH22aa02aChange from rent to owner
EducationE01ab02Level of school-education
Housing conditionH22ab03aQuality of house
IncomeI01abCurrent income level (unspecified)
Life satisfaction at T3H04ab01bPast happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago)
Marital statusM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
Neighborhood satisfactionL16ac02Attitude to neighborhood
Occupational statusS09abCurrent socio-economic status
SexG01aaSex (male vs female)