Findings on happiness in Galatzer-Levy et al. (2010): study DE 1984

Author(s)Galatzer-Levy, I.R.; Bonanno, G.A.; Mancini, A.D.
TitleFrom Marianthal to Latent Growth Mixture Modeling: A Return to the Exploration of Individual Differences in Response to Unemployment.
SourceJournal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics, 2010, Vol. 3, 116 - 125
DOIDOI: 10.1037/a0020077
Public21-60 aged unemployed, before and after jobloss, Germany, 1984-2003
Collect period1984-2003
Survey nameDE-SOEP combined waves
SampleSelection from general population sample
 The sample was limited to subjects who: 1. Were unemployed 2. Had been full time employed on at least 3 previous consecutive waves from age 18. 3. Had participated in the study for at least 4 consecutive waves before unemployment. 4. Had become unemployed before the age of 60. 5. Became unemployed at age 21 or older. 6. Had their 1st experience in unemployment since participating in the study.
Respondents N =774
 Men 67%, women 33% Mean age 44.8 years; s.d.= 12.5 Income DM 4.084; s.d. = 2.745 (monthly?)
Non Response30-40%
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Annual interviews at 8 waves of data ( 3 waves pre-event, 1 wave year of event, 4 waves post-event). Subjects were organized around a 'floating baseline' method where subjects' data was centered on the year of unemployment.
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
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Joblossshow  Change in employment
Joblossshow  Unemployed involuntary, also classified as above ↑
National unemployment rateshow  Unemployment in nation
National unemployment rateshow  Unemployment in region, also classified as above ↑