Findings on happiness in Trzcinski & Holst (2006): study DE 2001

Author(s)Trzcinski, E.; Holst, E.
TitleSetting the Set Point. Initial Predictors of Life Satisfaction in Early Adulthood.
SourceDiscussion paper 558, DIW (German Institute for Economic Research), 2006, Berlin, Germany
Public17 aged, Germany, 2001-2004
Survey nameDE-SOEP
 German Social Economic Panel, 2001-2004, youth questionnaire.
SampleProbability stratified sample
 17 years aged, selected from a representative sample of households
Respondents N =1202
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking all things together, how satisfied are you with your life these days? Please answer with the help of this scale. For instance, when you are totally satisfied with your life, please tick '10'. When you are totally unsatisfied with your life, please tick '0'. You may use all values in between to indicate that you are neither totally satisfied nor totally unsatisfied." 10 totally satisfied 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 totally unsatisfied
Author's labelSubjective Life Satisfaction
Page in publication10
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.521.52

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Employment status of mother.F01ajWorking mother
Employment status of mother.F01ai02Unemployment of parents
Family compositionF01abFamily composition (earlier for adults, current for young)
Family compositionF01ab02Number of parents (broken home), also classified as above ↑
GenderG01aaSex (male vs female)
Household incomeI01ab03Household income
Life satisfaction of the motherF01af01gHappiness of parents
Living in West-GermanyR01ab10Region in Germany
Mothers' assessment of major worries about financial situationF01aiHardship in family of origin
NationalityE04ab03fEthnic status in Germany
Number of important relationshipsF06abCurrent number of friends
Number of important relationshipsF06ab01Number of close friends, also classified as above ↑
Number of important relationshipsF06ab02Number of friends/acquaintances, also classified as above ↑
Number of important relationshipsF03ab01Number of relatives, also classified as above ↑
Own assessment of probability of success in education and workS05ac03Expectattions about social advancement
Personal controlP05bpInner locus of control
Relationship with fatherF01ad02Relations with parents
Relationship with motherI07ab04Perceived quality of intimate ties
Relationship with motherF01ad02Relations with parents, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with gradesS01af04Satisfaction with own school-performance