Findings on happiness in Headey (2008): study DE 1990

Author(s)Headey, B.
TitleLife Goals Matter to Happiness: A Revision of Set-Point Theory.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 2008, Vol. 86, 213 - 231
Public16+ aged, general public, Germany, 1990-2004
Last assesment2004
 T1:1990; T2: 1995; T3: 2004.
Survey nameNot available
 German SocioEconomic Panel (GSOEP)
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
 Probability sample of households. All 16+ aged household members included.
Respondents N =3553
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
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Current priority for life-goalsshow  Current life-goals
Disposable household incomeshow  Household income
Earlier average priority for life-goalsshow  Object of earlier goals
Earlier average priority for life-goalsshow  Object of life-goals, also classified as above ↑
Effect of current priorities & conditionsshow  Socio-demographic + health + life goals + personality
Extraversionshow  Extraverted
Gendershow  Sex (male vs female)
Health disabilityshow  Current handicap
Locus of controlshow  Inner locus of control
Neuroticismshow  Neurotic (f48)
Partnershow  Living alone or not
Partnershow  Married state (compared to non-married states), also classified as above ↑
Past life-satisfaction at T1show  Past happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago)
Years of educationshow  Level of school-education