Findings on happiness in Stolar et al. (1992): study CA Vancouver, British Columbia 1987

Publication
Author(s)Stolar, G.E.; Hill, P.; McEntee, M.I.
TitleSeniors' Assesment of their Health and Life Satisfaction: The Case for Contextual Evaluation.
SourceInternationalJournal Aging and Human Development, 1992, Vol. 35, 305 - 317.
URLhttp://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/1993-17249-001
Investigation
PublicCommunity dwelling seniors, Vancouver, Canada, 1987-88
Collect periodseptember
Last assesment1988
Last collect periodjune
Survey nameUnnamed study
 Own survey, part of a larger study of general and oral health of community-dwelling seniors.
SampleProbability stratified sample
 Sample drawn from the list of voters of Vancouver B.C..
Respondents N =520
 Of the 1600 persons contacted by letter and phone 489 were deceased, institutionalized or had moved to n unknown address. 33 were ineligible because of language, 165 were too sick, leaving 915 eligible respondents.
Non Response43%
 Of the remaing 915 respondents 43% refused participation.
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on open questions coded afterwards by the interviewer What about your life now? 3 very satisfactory 2 average satisfaction 1 not satisfactory Preceded by conversation on how life had been overall and followed by view on the future
ClassificationO-SLW-c-oq-v-3-a
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication308-310
RemarksMean computed by WDH-team
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 3On range 0 - 10
Mean2.440.00
Standard deviation0.590.00

Scores in123
%5.345.149.6

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Arthritis and rheumatismshow  Rheumatism (m00-25)
Control Bladder/Bowel problemsshow  Diseases of digestive system (k00-93)
Control Bladder/Bowel problemsshow  Symptoms of bad health, also classified as above ↑
Control Bladder/Bowel problemsshow  Urinary tract (c64-68), also classified as above ↑
Diabetesshow  Diabetes (e10-14)
Dizzinessshow  Other disorders of the nervous system (g90-99)
Eating and chewing problemsshow  Oral diseases (k00-14)
Hearing problemsshow  Restrictions in hearing
Heart troubleshow  Ischaemic heart diseases (i20-25)
High blood pressureshow  Hypertensive diseases (i10-15)
High blood pressureshow  Symptoms of bad health, also classified as above ↑
Kidneys and bladder problemsshow  Urinary tract (c64-68)
Nervousnessshow  Current mental complaints
Nervousnessshow  Nervous, also classified as above ↑
Remembering problemsshow  Memory
Remembering problemsshow  Memory loss, also classified as above ↑
Seeing problemsshow  Restrictions in seeing
Sleeping problemsshow  Current problems
Sleeping problemsshow  Quality of sleep, also classified as above ↑
Varicose veinsshow  Diseases of blood and bloodforming organs
Walking problemsshow  Restrictions in moving