Findings on happiness in Burke (1984): study CA Ontario 1983

Author(s)Burke, R.J.
TitleThe Closing at Canadian Admiral Correlates of Individual Well-Being Sixteen Months After Shutdown.
SourcePsychological Reports ,1984, Vol. 55, 91 - 98
PublicFormer employees, Ontario, Canada, 1982
 Respondents were all former employees of Canadian Admiral, interviewed 16 months after the plant closed down.
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
 The survey was mailed out to 360 men and women, whose names and addresses were provided during the plant's closing in 1981.
Respondents N =183
Non Response49%
 Of the 360 addresses 43 were returned because individuals had moved to an unknown address. Of the rest 183 completed the questionnaire.
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on two questions: A "Taking all things together, how would you say you are these days ? Would you say you are......" 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy B in general how satisfying do you find the way you are spending your life these days? Would you call it ........" 3 completely satisfying 2 pretty satisfying 1 not very satisfying Summation: not reported
Author's labelGlobal satisfaction
Page in publication93
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
Desired advance noticeL06acAttitudes to life-events
Desired advance noticeE02agAttitudes to own (un)employment, also classified as above ↑
Desired advance noticeC11ab04cCoping with unemployment, also classified as above ↑
EducationE01ab02Level of school-education
Family 'slack'I01acSufficiency of current income
Hourly wage rateI01ab01Personal income
Job characteristicsE02aa02Change in employment
Job characteristicsO01aa02cSwitch to other job, also classified as above ↑
Job satisfactionW05aa01bEarlier satisfaction with work
Marital and family satisfactionF03ac02Satisfaction with family-life
Marital and family satisfactionM03ac03Satisfaction with marriage, also classified as above ↑
Pay (new vs. Admiral)W04ab05Hourly pay (vs salary)
Perceived job prospectsE02ag03Perceived chances for employment
Psychosomatic symptomsH15abCurrent psycho-somatic complaints
Temporary job (vs. permanent)E02ae04Tenure (vs flex contracts)
Time in CambridgeM09abCurrent residential mobility
Total weeks unemployment benefitE02ab03aDuration of unemployment
Unemployed immediatelyE02aa01Earlier (un)employment
Unemployed immediatelyE02aa02abFalling unemployed, also classified as above ↑
Weeks unemployedE02ab03aDuration of unemployment
Weeks unemployment benefitE02ab03aDuration of unemployment
Weeks unemployment benefitI01ad03cWelfare, also classified as above ↑