Findings on happiness in Kinney & Coyle (1992): study US 1992

Author(s)Kinney, W.B.; Coyle, C.P.
TitlePredicting Life Satisfaction Among Adults With Physical Disabilities.
SourceArchives of Physical and Medical Rehabilitation, 1992, VoI. 73, 863 - 869
Public18-55 aged, physically disabled, USA,1992
 Spinal cord injury 23% Celebral Palsy 16% Multiple Sclerosis 11% Visual impairments 11% Other 39%
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
Respondents N =790
 Stepwise multiple regression analysis resulted in lowering the sample size to 344 cases.
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question, asked twice in interview: How do you feel about your life as a whole......? 7 delighted 6 pleased 5 mostly satisfied 4 mixed 3 mostly dissatisfied 2 unhappy 1 terrible Summation: arithmetic mean Name: Andrews & Withey's "Delighted-Terrible Scale" (original version) Also known as Lehman's 'Global life satisfaction'
RemarksMean computed by WDH-team
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
EmploymentE02abCurrent employment status
EmploymentE02ad01Full-time vs part-time, also classified as above ↑
EmploymentE02ab03Unemployed involuntary, also classified as above ↑
HealthH14af04Satisfaction with health
LeisureL03ad03Satisfaction with leisure
MarriageM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
ReligionR12af03Satisfaction with religion
Standard of livingN04ad05Satisfaction with living conditions in nation