Findings on happiness in Oliver et al. (1996): study ZZ Western nations 1993

Author(s)Oliver, J.P.; Bridges, K.; Huxley, P.J.; Mohamad, H.
TitleQuality of Life and Mental Health Services.
SourceRoutledge, 1996. London, UK
PublicChronic mental patients, UK, USA, 1993-1994
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability chunk sample
 All clients of County Social Services Department
Respondents N =1430
Non Response2,6%
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Here is ladder representing the 'ladder of life'. Let's suppose the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you; and the bottom, the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time? 10 best possible 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 worst possible life This question was followed (not preceded) by items on life 5 years ago and 5 years from now.
Author's labelPerceived Quality of life
Page in publication256-266
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation2.70

Full textRating by interviewer Instructions not reported 1 miserable 2 unhappy 3 reasonably happy 4 happy
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication266
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 4On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.832.78

Scores in1234

Full textSelfreport on single question: How do you feel about your life as a whole? 7 delighted 6 very pleased 5 pleased 4 mixed feelings 3 mostly dissatisfied 2 unhappy 1 terrible
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication267
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.35

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Age maleshow  Sex (male vs female)