Findings on happiness in Mollenkopf (2002): study DE 1995

Author(s)Mollenkopf, H.
TitleMobilität und Lebensqualität im Alter. Objektive Voraussetzungen und subjektive Bedeutung in der mobilen Gesellschaft. (Mobility and Quality of Life in Old Age).
SourceGlatzer,W.; et al; Eds.: "Sozialen Wandel und gesellschaftliche Dauerbeobachtung", Leske & Budrich, 2002, Germany, 255 - 271
Public55+ aged, East and West Germany, 1995 and 1999
 1995: 2 cities: Chemnitz (East Germany) and Mannheim West Germany; 1999: 2 rural areas: Oberspreewald-Lausitz (East Germany) and Rhein-Hunsrück-Kreis (West Germany)
 1995, 1999
Survey nameNot available
 1995: Project "Erhaltung von Mobilität zur sozialen Teilhabe im Alter" (Mobility and Social Participation of Ageing) ordered by the Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, conducted by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Zapf, Social Research Centre - Berlin) (WZB); 1999: Study financed by the German Centre for Research on Ageing (DZFA) Details 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
SampleProbability stratified sample
Respondents N =1216
 Former communist East Germany: Chemnitz: N=404; Lausitz:N=207 West Germany: Chemnitz: N=404; Hunsrück: N=205
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question; What do you think, how satisfied are you at this moment- all in all - with your life ?' 'If for instance you are totally satisfied with your life, please mark a '10'.If you are totally unsatisfied with your life, mark a '0'.If you are not completely unsatisfied nor totally satisfied range yourself somewhere between '1' and '9" 10 completely satisfied 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 completely dissatisfied
Author's labelSatisfaction with life in general
Page in publication268
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
satisfaction with domains of lifeL04ac02aSummed life aspect evaluations (semantic differential scales)
satisfaction with financial situationI01af05Satisfaction with income\finances
satisfaction with healthH14af04Satisfaction with health
satisfaction with housingH22ae02Satisfaction with housing
satisfaction with leisure possibilitiesL03abCurrent leisure time
satisfaction with living areaL12ac02aSatisfaction with amenities in vinicity
satisfaction with local environmentR01acAttitudes to region of residence
satisfaction with local environmentL13ab02bRural vs urban dwelling, also classified as above ↑
satisfaction with mobilityL12ac02ahSatisfaction with local transport
satisfaction with travelling possibilitiesL12ac02ahSatisfaction with local transport