Findings on happiness in Kao et al. (2005): study TW 2001

Author(s)Kao, S.; Lai, K.L.; Lin, H.C.
TitleWHOQOL-BREF as Predictors of Mortality: A Two-Year Follow-up Study at Veteran Homes.
SourceQuality of Life Research, 2005, Vol. 14, 1443 - 1454
Public65+ aged males living in veteran homes, Taiwan, followed 2 years 2001-2003
 Data collected in 5 veteran homes in Northern Taiwan
Last assesment2003
 T1: Baseline data collection in 2001 T2: Mortality data measured at the end of 2003 (range: 1.9-2.2 years)
Survey nameNot available
SampleProbability simple random sample
 Residents suffering from dementia or cognitive impairement were excluded
Respondents N =689
 - 105 deaths (15,2%) throughout the period of study
Non Response7,5%
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 At T1 at subjects residence or quiet area
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How happy are you with life in general? 5 very happy 4 fairly happy 3 so-so 2 unhappy 1 very unhappy
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication1445-6
DKNA %5.4
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 5On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.901.86

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Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Mortalityshow  Longevity (assessed in follow up)