Findings on happiness in Dolan & Metcalfe (2012): study US 2011

Author(s)Dolan, P.; Metcalfe, R.
TitleValuing Health: A Brief Report on Subjective Well-Being versus Preferences.
SourceMedical Decision Making, 2012, Vol. 32, 578 - 582
DOIDOI: 10.1177/0272989X11435173
PublicElderly, United States, 2011
 Average aged 50
Survey nameNot available
 Online panel, recruited by RAND US
SampleProbability simple random sample
Respondents N =1173
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Overall how satisfied are you with your life? 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 Labels of reponse options not reported
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication579
Finding used in
nation ranks

Full textSelfreport on feelings during activities in the previous day (Day Reconstruction Method) A worried B rushed C irritated or angry D depressed E tense or stressed F calm or relaxed G enjoying Rated: 0 not al all 1 2 3 4 5 6 very much Computation: (A+B+C+D+E)/5 - (F+G)/2
Author's labelAffect
Page in publication579
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Anxiety levelshow  Anxious (f40)
Anxiety levelshow  Depressive (f31-33), also classified as above ↑
Anxiety levelshow  Feeling down (vs not), also classified as above ↑
Anxiety levelshow  Feeling secure (vs threatened), also classified as above ↑
Multiple restrictionsshow  Degree of restriction
Pain levelshow  Pain
Restrictedshow  Restrictions in moving
Self care and usual activities levelshow  Specific restrictions