Findings on happiness in Zuzanek (2006): study CA 2001

Author(s)Zuzanek, J.
TitleAdolescent Time use and Well-Being from a Comparative Perspective.
SourceSociety and Leisure, 2006, Vol. 28, 379 - 423.
Public12-19 aged, Ontario, Canada, 2001/2003
Survey nameNot available
 Ontario Survey of Adolescent Time Use and Well-Being (OATUS/ESM)
SampleProbability stratified sample
 The time diary part of the survey was administered in 13 Ontario schools selected from different SES neighbourhoods. 219 teens, who participated in the time diary study, and one of their parents, formed the sample of the ESM survey.
Respondents N =2213
 2213 filled in time diaries, 219 completed the ESM self-reports
Non Response20,7
AssesmentExperience sampling
 TIME DIARY: A time diary for the day preceding the survey was filled out in class. So the time spend with different activities could be calculated. EXPERIENCE SAMPLING METHOD: Respondents were signalled by a pre-programmed digital wrist-watch eight times a day durring the course of a week. At the time of the beep, they filled in a short self-report form about e.g. precise time, the company he was with, what he was doing and a number of experiential states. Measures of several experiential states were subsequently combiend into variables, e.g. affect (feeling happy, cheerful, good)
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: "....... how happy you feel ....." (full question not reported) 1 2 3 4 5 Scale labels not reported
Author's labelFeeling happy
Page in publication401
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 5On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Socializing with friendsF06acCurrent contacts with friends
Socializing with friendsA02ac10Socializing, also classified as above ↑
weekly hours of paid workE02ad02Hours work
weekly hours of paid workT01ad08Time spent on work and care, also classified as above ↑