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 label Our subject description
Ageshow  Age difference among elderly
Agingshow  Past happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago)
Availability of help in case of illnessshow  Perceived availability of social support
Educational levelshow  Level of school-education
Employed statusshow  Current employment status
Extent of familial contact outside the homeshow  Contacts with relatives
Extent of family contact outside the homeshow  Contacts with relatives
Household compositionshow  Current household-composition
Incomeshow  Household income
Living aloneshow  Living alone or not
Male sexshow  Sex (male vs female)
Married vs divorcedshow  Married vs divorced
Married vs never marriedshow  Married vs never married
Married vs widowedshow  Married vs widowed
Never married vs divorcedshow  Vs divorced
Never married vs widowedshow  Vs widowed
Objection to living aloneshow  Attitude to living alone
Past happinessshow  Past happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago)
Perceived financial adequacyshow  Subjective poverty
Practicing one's religionshow  Current religious practices
Quality of contacts with household membersshow  Attitudes to household-members
Quality of contacts with household membersshow  Intimacy with household-members, also classified as above ↑
Quality of contacts with household membersshow  Perceived quality of intimate ties, also classified as above ↑
Self-perceived healthshow  Global health rating
White raceshow  Ethnic status in the USA
Widowedshow  Vs divorced