Findings on happiness in Henley & Davis (1967): study US 1959

Author(s)Henley, B.; Davis, M.S.
TitleSatisfaction and Dissatisfaction: A Study of the Chronically-Ill Aged Patient.
SourceJournal of Health and Social Behavior, 1967, Vol. 8, 65 - 75
Public60+ aged chronically-ill, followed three years, USA, 1959-62
Last assesment1962
 T1: 1959 T2: 1962
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Non-probability purposive sample of aged chronically-ill attendants of a medical clinic. (Probability sample among attendants). Predominantly females; European-born or first generation American; white population; low income; average of three chronic illnesses; age 60+.
Respondents N =167
 dropout at T2 46%
Non Response24% not available because of death, mental deterioration, unknown address or r
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 at clinic or at home.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: In general, how satisfied are you with your way of life.......? 4 quite satisfied 3 fairly satisfied 2 sometimes dissatisfied 1 usually dissatisfied
Author's labelGeneral satisfaction.
Error estimatesReliability: Stability as assessed by repeating the same question after three years showed 73% unchanged. Validity: External concurrent validity as assessed by comparison with the impression of clinic nurses of patient's satisfaction: 71% agreement.
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 4On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

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Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04ab03Age difference among elderly
AgingH04ab01bPast happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago)
Availability of help in case of illnessS10ac02Perceived availability of social support
Educational levelE01ab02Level of school-education
Employed statusE02abCurrent employment status
Extent of familial contact outside the homeF03ab02Contacts with relatives
Extent of family contact outside the homeF03ab02Contacts with relatives
Household compositionH20abCurrent household-composition
IncomeI01ab03Household income
Living aloneH20ab01Living alone or not
Male sexG01aaSex (male vs female)
Married vs divorcedM02aa03Married vs divorced
Married vs never marriedM02aa01Married vs never married
Married vs widowedM02aa02Married vs widowed
Never married vs divorcedM02ab01bVs divorced
Never married vs widowedM02ab01aVs widowed
Objection to living aloneH20ad01Attitude to living alone
Past happinessH04ab01bPast happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago)
Perceived financial adequacyI01ac02Subjective poverty
Practicing one's religionR12adCurrent religious practices
Quality of contacts with household membersH20ad03Attitudes to household-members
Quality of contacts with household membersH20ac02Intimacy with household-members, also classified as above ↑
Quality of contacts with household membersI07ab04Perceived quality of intimate ties, also classified as above ↑
Self-perceived healthH14ab02aGlobal health rating
White raceE04ab03tEthnic status in the USA
WidowedM02ab02aVs divorced