Findings on happiness in Naess et al. (2004): study NO Nord-Trøndelag 1984

Author(s)Naess, S.; Eriksen, J.; Midthjell, K.
TitleDiabetes Mellitus and Psychological Well-Being. Change between 1984-1986 and 1995-1997. Results of the Nord-Trondelag Health Study.
SourceJournal of Diabetes and its Complications, 2004, Vol. 18,141 - 147.
Public20-90 aged, general public, Nord-Trondelag, Norway followed 1 year, 1985-1996
 All adult inhabitants
Last assesment1997
 T1:1984-86 and T2:1995-97
Survey nameNot available
 North-Trondelag Health Studies, HUNT 1 and HUNT 2
SampleNon-probability chunk sample
 All inhabitants of the country were invited to participate
Respondents N =65599
Non ResponseNot available
 1984 N 85100 Non-response 9.3% 1995 N 92434 Non-response 39% All persons under 90 years
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Participants were invited for a medical screening and answered questionnaire 1 onsite and were given questionaire 2 when having the site. Questionaire 1 (1984) included questions on several diseases aand impairment, self- assessed health, and overall life satisfaction. Questionaire 2 (1995) The participant received a second questionaire with a prepaid, adressed envelope. Its contained a total of 42 questions covering several issues, including physicall and mental health and psychological well- being.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Would you say you are usually cheerful or dejected? 1 extremely dejected 2 dejected 3 quite dejected 4 both dejected and cheerful 5 quite cheerful 6 very cheerful 7 extremely cheerful
Author's labelpsychological well-being
Page in publication141-147
Finding used in
nation ranks

Full textSelfreport on single question: "Considering how you feel these days, are you generally satisfied with your life or are you generally dissatisfied?" 7 extremely satisfied 6 very satisfied 5 quite satisfied 4 both satisfied and dissatisfied 3 quite dissatisfied 2 very dissatisfied 1 extremely dissatisfied
Author's labelSatisfied with life
Page in publication141-147
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Cheerfulness over timeshow  Actual changes in happiness
Cheerfulness over timeshow  Long term happiness (< 10 years ago), also classified as above ↑
Diabetesshow  Diabetes (e10-14)
life satisfactionshow  Long term happiness (< 10 years ago)
life satisfactionshow  Recent happiness (< 1 year ago), also classified as above ↑
Temporaryshow  Young versus old