Findings on happiness in Mollenkopf et al. (2004): study DE 2000

Publication
Author(s)Mollenkopf, H.; Kaspar, R.; Marcellini, F.; Ruoppila, I.
TitleQuality of Life in Urban and Rural Areas of Five European Countries: Similarities and Differences.
SourceHallym International Journal of Aging, 2004, Vol. 6, 1 - 36
Investigation
Public55+ aged, Germany, 2000
 Elderly in Germany ( East and West) - born in 1940 or before - living in private household - middle sized cities - rural areas (on basis of typical population density in the country in question)
Collect period1-8
Survey nameMOBILATE
SampleProbability stratified sample
 disproportionally stratified by age, gender, region, living area
Respondents N =1
 Germany West: Urban N = 368, Rural N = 383 Germany East: Urban N = 389, Rural N = 379
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
General remarksDetails about measurement taken from Mollenkopf, H.; Flaschenträger, P.; Erhaltung von Mobilität im Alter, Verlag W. Kohhammer, Stuttgart; Berlin; Köln, 2001, Schriftenreihe des Bundesministeriums für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend, Band 197. ISBN:3-17-07144-5
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking all things together, how satisfied are you with your life these days? Please answer with the help of this scale. For instance, when you are totally satisfied with your life, please tick '10'. When you are totally unsatisfied with your life, please tick '0'. You may use all values in between to indicate that you are neither totally satisfied nor totally unsatisfied." 10 totally satisfied 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 totally unsatisfied
ClassificationO-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d
RemarksGermany West: M = 7.55 Germany East: M = 7.15
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Activities of daily livingshow  Degree of restriction
Ageshow  Age difference among elderly
Apartment/house ownershipshow  House owned or rented
Car in householdshow  Car
Cultural amenitiesshow  Cultural facilities in vinicity
Cultural amenitiesshow  Current local cultural conditions, also classified as above ↑
Diversity social networkshow  Size of intimate network
Friends/kin nearbyshow  Current chances for intimacy
Gendershow  Sex (male vs female)
Household typeshow  Living alone or not
Housing amenitiesshow  Quality of current dwelling
Income per personshow  Household income
Income per personshow  Personal income, also classified as above ↑
Medical servicesshow  Health care in vinicity
Natural environmentshow  Local nature
Satisfaction with domains ol lifeshow  Satisfaction with multiple domains of life
Satisfaction with financesshow  Satisfaction with income\finances
Satisfaction with healthshow  Satisfaction with health
Satisfaction with housingshow  Satisfaction with housing
Satisfaction with leisure possibilitiesshow  Satisfaction with leisure
Satisfaction with leisure possibilitiesshow  Satisfaction with local recreation, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with living areashow  Satisfaction with local environment
Satisfaction with mobilityshow  Satisfaction with amenities in vinicity
Satisfaction with public transportationshow  Satisfaction with local transport
Satisfaction with servicesshow  Satisfaction with amenities in vinicity
Security at nightshow  Perceived safety in vinicity
Services and shopsshow  Shops in vinicity
Urbanizationshow  Rural vs urban dwelling