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 label Our subject description
Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Desired advance noticeshow  Attitudes to life-events
Desired advance noticeshow  Attitudes to own (un)employment, also classified as above ↑
Desired advance noticeshow  Coping with unemployment, also classified as above ↑
Educationshow  Level of school-education
Family 'slack'show  Sufficiency of current income
Hourly wage rateshow  Personal income
Job characteristicsshow  Change in employment
Job characteristicsshow  Switch to other job, also classified as above ↑
Job satisfactionshow  Earlier satisfaction with work
Marital and family satisfactionshow  Satisfaction with family-life
Marital and family satisfactionshow  Satisfaction with marriage, also classified as above ↑
Pay (new vs. Admiral)show  Hourly pay (vs salary)
Perceived job prospectsshow  Perceived chances for employment
Psychosomatic symptomsshow  Current psycho-somatic complaints
Temporary job (vs. permanent)show  Tenure (vs flex contracts)
Time in Cambridgeshow  Current residential mobility
Total weeks unemployment benefitshow  Duration of unemployment
Unemployed immediatelyshow  Earlier (un)employment
Unemployed immediatelyshow  Falling unemployed, also classified as above ↑
Weeks unemployedshow  Duration of unemployment
Weeks unemployment benefitshow  Duration of unemployment
Weeks unemployment benefitshow  Welfare, also classified as above ↑