Findings on happiness in Lau et al. (2004): study AU 2002

Author(s)Lau, A.L.D.; Cummins, R.A.; McPherson, W.
TitleAn Investigation into the Cross-Cultural Equivalence of the Personal Well-Being Index.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 2005, Vol. 72, 403 - 430
Public18+ aged, general public, Australia, 2002
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability purposive-quota sample
 Recruitement through university students paid an honorarium to recruit preople the knew.
Respondents N =180
 Group 1: (aged 18-35 year): N=60 Group 2: (aged 30-64 year): N=60 Group 3: (aged 65 and older): N=60
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: telephone (CATI)
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Thinking about your own life and personal circumstances, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole? 1 very dissatisfied 2 3 4 5 neutral 6 7 8 9 10 very satisfied First item in Cummins' 'Personal Well-being Scale' (labels used until 2005)
Author's labelSatisfaction with life as a whole
Page in publication409
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.371.37

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Satisfaction with Communityshow  Attitude to vinicity
Satisfaction with Communityshow  Social cohesion in vinicity, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with future Securityshow  Secure (vs threatened)
Satisfaction with Healthshow  Satisfaction with health
Satisfaction with life domainsshow  Satisfaction with multiple domains of life
Satisfaction with own accomplishmentsshow  Satisfaction with own accomplishments
Satisfaction with own accomplishmentsshow  Successful (vs failure), also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with Relationshipshow  Satisfaction with intimacy
Satisfaction with safety in communityshow  Satisfaction with safety in vinicity
satisfaction with standard of livingshow  Satisfaction with standard of living