Findings on happiness in Rees et al. (2010): study GB 2010

Author(s)Rees, G.; Bradshaw, J.; Goswami, H.
TitleDeveloping an Index of Children's Subjective Well-Being in England.
SourceThe Childrens Society, 2010, London, UK
PublicChildren aged 8-15, England, 2010
Survey nameUnnamed study
 additional survey to 2008 wave of survey by The Children's Society.
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
 representative sample of children aged 8-15
Respondents N =2000
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 5 statements: A My life is going well B My life is just right C I wish I had a different kind of life D I have a good life E I have what I want in life Rated 0 strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 strongly agree Shortened Huebner's BMSLSS 'Multidimensional Student Life satisfaction Scale' (Items left out from original scale are: "My life is better than most young people's" and "I would like to change things in my life) Name SLSS5
Author's labeloverall well-being/overall life satisfac
RemarksDistribution not reported. M =14.2 in range from 0 to 20 M = 2.84 in range from 0 to 4 (calculated by WDH team) 9 % had score below midpoint
DKNA %2.0
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 4On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Full textSelfreport on single question: "overall happiness.."(full question not reported 10 my life is very happy 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 my life is very unhappy
Author's labelHappiness with life as a whole
RemarksDistribution not reported. 4 % scored below midpoint.
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04ab02Age difference among young people
GenderG01aaSex (male vs female)