Findings on happiness in Wilcke et al. (2007): study NL 2007

Publication
Author(s)Wilcke, E.; Ruysenaars, W.; VanDerLinden, C.; Verheggen, P.P.
TitleHet Geluk van Werkend Nederland 2007. (The Happiness of Working People in the Netherlands in 2007).
SourceProjectpaper K0338, Motivaction i.o.o. Randstad (Temp Agency), 2007, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Investigation
PublicWorking people, the Netherlands, 2007
Collect period03-27-2007
Last collect period04-10-2007
Survey nameNot available
 Own survey
SampleSemi-probability sample
 Partly Motivaction internet panel Partly Randstad personal files Post-stratified for age, education, area and 'mentality environment'.
Respondents N =3164
 Secretaries (N=530), new immigrants (N=410) and flexworkers (N=576) were additionally interviewed
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: web
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question How satisfied are you with the life you lead? 1 not at all satisfied 2 not so satisfied 3 fairly satisfied 4 very satisfied
ClassificationO-SLL-u-sq-v-4-h
Author's labelHappiness
RemarksMean happiness computed by WDH-team
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 4On range 0 - 10
Mean3.247.18
Standard deviation0.601.67

Scores in1234
%1.06.061.032.0

Full textSelfreport on single question: Here is a picture of a ladder. Suppose we say that the top of the ladder (10) represents the best possible life for you and the bottom (1) represents the worst possible life for you. Where on the ladder do you feel personally stand at the present time? [ 10 ] best possible life for you [ 9 ] [ 8 ] [ 7 ] [ 6 ] [ 5 ] [ 4 ] [ 3 ] [ 2 ] [ 1 ] worst possible life for you Name: Cantril's self anchoring ladder rating of life (adapted version)
ClassificationC-BW-c-sq-l-10-b
Author's labelHappiness
Remarks10% of the respondents score a 5 or lower (unhappy)
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 10On range 0 - 10
Mean7.40
Standard deviation


Full textSelfreport on single question: I usually get what I want from life 4 completely agree 3 agree 2 don't agree 1 don't agree at all
ClassificationC-W-g-sq-v-4-a
Author's labelHappiness
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
A person can become rich by taking risksP12acAttitudes to one's possessions
A person can become rich by taking risksP05coRisk minded, also classified as above ↑
I do not really believe in luck or coincidenceP05bpInner locus of control
I usually get what I want from lifeH07ac03Contentment and contentment
If something does not work, I am inclined to give upP05chPersistent
It is difficult to know who my real friends areF06ahAttitudes to friendship
My life is like a collectioon of random eventsP05bpInner locus of control
My success is largely due to chanceP05bpInner locus of control
Past happiness 2 years agoH04ab01bPast happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago)
People should influence their own fateF05acAttitudes to freedom
People should influence their own fateV02aa01eIndividualism (vs collectivism), also classified as above ↑
Perseverance and hard work usually lead to successW05acCurrent motivation to work
Perseverance and hard work usually lead to successV02ab03Work values, also classified as above ↑
Retrospective happiness 5 years agoH04aa01aIn recent past
Self earned respect and honourS02ag03Congruency self-image and reputation
Self earned respect and honourS02ag01aSelf perceived recognition, also classified as above ↑
Self-perceived happiness 5 years from nowH04aa04aIn the near future (up to 5 years)