Findings on happiness in Schütz et al. (2015): study BR Porto Alegre 2013

Author(s)Schütz, F.F.; Bedin, L.M.; Sarriera, J.C.
TitleSubjective Well-Being of Children in Residential Care Centers: Comparison between Children in Institutional Care and Children Living with their Families.
SourcePscioperspectivas, 2015, Vol. 15, 19 - 30
PublicChildren, aged 8-12, Porto Alegre, Brazil, 2013
 Assumed 2013
Survey nameNot available
 Own survey
SampleNon-probability chunk sample
 Participants were 2 groups of 109 children. The first group is composed of children that live in residential care. For this group, children were contacted through their institutions of care of the city of Porto Alegre. All children living in residential care who were within the studied age group were invited to participate and all have accepted. Participants in the second group consists of children randomly selected from a sample of 914 children aged 8 to 12 years (M = 10.07; SD = 1.38), students of public schools from Porto Alegre. From this sample, 41 of 8 and 9 years old and 68 children from 10 to 12 years old were randomly selected so they could be compared with children in the first group.
Respondents N =218
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How happy do you feel with your overall life? 1 2 3 4 5 Emoticons ranging from dissatisfied to satisfied
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication22
Finding used in
nation ranks

Full textSelfreport on single question: How satisfied do you feel with your overall life? 0 extremely unsatisfied 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 extremely satisfied
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication22,24
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation3.46

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04ab02Age difference among young people
Children in residential care vs. living with familyI02ab01Living in a children's home
Contact with father/motherF01ad02Relations with parents
GenderG01aaSex (male vs female)
Period in residential careI02aa03Length of current stay in institution
Siblings in careI02ab01Living in a children's home