Findings on happiness in Currie et al. (2008): study ZZ Developed nations 2005

Author(s)Currie, C.; Barnekow Rasmussen, V.; Bruce Currie, D.; Godeau, E.; Morgan, A.; NicGabhainn, S.; Pickett, W; Richter, ; Roberts, C.
TitleInequalities in Young People's Health: International Report from the HBSC 2005/2006 Survey. Health Policy for Children and Adolescents, No.5,
SourceWHO Regional Office for Europe, 2008, Copenhagen, Denmark
Public11,13 and 15 aged, school children, 41 countries and regions, 2005-2006
 Countries: Austria, Belgium (Flanders an Wallonia), Belgium (French), Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, TFYR Macedonia, Ukraine, United States Regions: Flemish-Flanders, Belgium-Wallonia, Scotland, Wales, England, Greenland
Collect period10
 October 2005 - May 2006
Survey nameNot available
 Health Behaviour in School Children study. Available at the HBSC International Data Bank at the University of Bergen, Norway. See also Currie 2004
SampleProbability cluster sample
 Sampling is conducted in accordance with the structure of national education systems within countries and is sometimes stratified by region or school type. The primary sampling unit is the school class or the whole school where a sample frame of classes is not available, classes then being randomly selected. Sample sizes of approximately 1500 in each age group are required to ensure a confidence interval of +/- 3% around a proportion of 50%, and an estimated deft value of 1.2.
Respondents N =204534
 N per country: Austria 4775, Belgium (Flanders) 4311, Belgium (Wallonia) 4476, Bulgaria 4854, Canada 5787, Croatia 4965, Czech Republic 4775, Denmark 5682, Estonia 4477, Finland 5193, France 7141, Germany 7224, Greece 3690, Hungary 3498 , Iceland 9476, Ireland 4840, Israel 5350, Italy 3920, Latvia 4221, Lithuania 5632, Luxembourg 4300, Malta 1389, Netherlands 4228, Norway 4697, Poland 5489, Portugal 3919, Romania 4684, Russian Federation 8232, Slovakia 3877, Slovenia 5119, Spain 8891, Sweden 4392, Switzerland 4579, Turkey 5552, TFYR Macedonia 5271, Ukraine 5069, United States 3892, Regions were included: Belgium-Flanders 4311 , French-Wallonia 4476, Scotland 6145, Wales 4396, England 4768, Greenland 1358
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Questionnaire completed in class. Administration of the questionnaire in schools is conducted according to standard guidelines from the survey protocol. It is carried out by school teachers in some countries and by professional fieldworkers or members of school health teams in others.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Here is a picture of a ladder. The top of the ladder '10' represents the best possible life for you and the bottom '0' is the worst possible life for you. In general , where on the ladder do you feel you stand at the moment? Tick the box next to the number that best describes where you stand 10 best possible 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 worst possible life
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication63
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

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