Findings on happiness in Bach & Tilton (1994): study US 1984

Author(s)Bach, J.R.; Tilton, M.C.
TitleLife Satisfaction and Well-Being Measures in Ventilator Assisted Individuals with Traumatic Tertaplegia.
SourceArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 1994, Vol. 75, 626 - 632
PublicTetraplegia patients and controls,USA,1984-86
 Traumatic tetraplegia patients, < 2 years after injury
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
 Ventilator assisted Individuals with Tetraplegie (VAITs) were recruited by sending the questionaire with monthly billing statements to all the ventilator users with equipment from one ventilator manufacturer. Autonomously Breathing Individuals With Tetraplegie(ABITs) were identified by a review of medical records in a rehabilitation hospital. Control group was comprised of 273 health care proffessionals with a mean age of 33 years(range 21to 59 years) and experience in treating VAITs.
Respondents N =87
 Ventilator Assisted Individuals with Tetraplegie(VAITs) N= 621 Respondents N=42 Autonomously Breathing Individuals with Tetraplegie(ABITs) N= 102 Respondent N=44 Control Group N=273
Non Response40%
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Mailed questionnaire
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Tell me how much you are satisfied or dissatisfied with your life as a whole 1 very dissatisfied 2 3 4 5 6 7 very satisfied Last item in a series of questions about satisfaction with various domains in life
Author's labelLife satisfaction and Well-Being
Page in publication626-632
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.50

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Satisfaction with educationE01ad04Satisfaction with education
Satisfaction with familyF03ac02Satisfaction with family-life
Satisfaction with healthH14af04Satisfaction with health
Satisfaction with housingH22ae02Satisfaction with housing
Satisfaction with jobW05ad01Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole
Satisfaction with sexual lifeS03ac03Satisfaction with sex-life
Satisfaction with social lifeF06ah04Satisfaction with friends
Satisfaction with transportationL12ac02ahSatisfaction with local transport
Tetraplegia patientH14ad06eTetraplegia