Findings on happiness in VanBeuningen & Dewitt (2016): study NL 2015

Author(s)VanBeuningen, J.; Dewitt, S.
TitleWelzijn van Jongeren: Geluk en Tevredenheid met het Leven onder Jongeren van 12 tot 25 Jaar. (Well-Being among Youngsters: Happiness and Satisfaction with Life among younsters aged 12 - 25)
SourceCBS Bevolkingstrends, 2016, The Hague, Netherlands
Public12-25 aged, general public, Netherlands, 2015.
 teens adolescents: aged 12-17, young adults: aged: 18-25
Collect periodMarch - June 2015
Survey nameNL Belevingen 2015
SampleProbability simple random sample
 from population register
Respondents N =4042
Non Response38%
AssesmentMultiple methods
 first approached by web, non responders approached by telephone, if still no response, approached at home.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question 'Taken all together, how satisfied are you with the life you currently lead? Please indicate on this scale. 10 means that you are completely satisfied and 1 means that you are completely dissatisfied.' 10 completely satisfied 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 completely dissatisfied
Author's labellife satisfaction
Page in publication6, 22
Remarksweighted scores
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.351.50

Scores in12345678910

Full textSelfreport on single question: To what extent do you consider yourself as a happy person? 1 completely unhappy 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 completely happy
Author's labelhappiness
Page in publication6, 22
Remarksweighted scores
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.371.53

Scores in12345678910

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
age groupsshow  Age difference among young people
appearanceshow  Satisfaction with one's appearance
education or jobshow  Attitudes to one's occupation
financial situationshow  Satisfaction with financial situation
friendsshow  Satisfaction with friends
gendershow  Sex (male vs female)
homeshow  Satisfaction with housing
leisureshow  Satisfaction with time for leisure
living environmentshow  Attitudes to quality of local environment
mental healthshow  Satisfaction with own mental health
migration backgroundshow  Ethnic status in the Netherlands
physical healthshow  Satisfaction with health