Findings on happiness in Joshi (1996): study GB 1991

Author(s)Joshi, H.
TitleCombining Employment and Child Rearing: The Story of British Women's Lives.
SourceOffer, A.;Ed.: "In Pursuit of the Quality of Life", Oxford University Press, 1996, UK, 88 - 118
Public33 year aged women and husbands, Great Britain,1991
 Women living in Great Britain who were born between 3 and 9 March 1958
Survey nameNot available
 National Child Development Study of the cohort born in 1958 (NCDS5). More info on:
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
Respondents N =10622
 Number of babies in 1958 N = 17414. Total interviewed in 1991 N= 11407. 5799 women were interviewed in 1991. Number of partners = 7500. NCDS User Support Group Working Paper 1 (Revised) p 5)
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 With questionnaire
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Here is a scale from 0 to 10. On it, "0" means that you are completely dissatisfied and "10 " means that you are completely satisfied. Please ring ONE number to show just how dissatisfied or satisfied you are about the way your life has turned out so far 0 completely dissatisfied 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 completely satisfied
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication108
RemarksBased on Women N = 5461, M = 7,5, SD = 1,7. Men N = 5156 M = 7,3 SD = 1,6
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.10

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Employment statusE02abCurrent employment status
Employment statusE02ab01Full-time home maker, also classified as above ↑
Employment statusE02ad01Full-time vs part-time, also classified as above ↑
Employment status of partnerM04ab03bEmployment of spouse
Employment vs unemployedE02abCurrent employment status
Parental statusC03abCurrent parental status