Findings on happiness in Michalos et al. (2001): study CA British Columbia 1999

Publication
Author(s)Michalos, A.C.; Hemingway, D.; Hubley, A.M.; Zumbo, B.D.
TitleHealth and Other Aspects of the Quality of Life of Older People.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 2001, Vol. 54, 239 - 274
DOIDOI: 10.1023/A:1011045307643
Investigation
Public55-95 aged, Northern Interior Health Region, British Columbia, Canada, 1999
Collect period9
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability accidental sample
 Questionnaires were inserted in newspaper for seniors, given to all main senor's organizations/facilities and independent senior's housing units
Respondents N =875
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Mailed questionnaire
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days? 7 completely satisfied 6 quite satisfied 5 somewhat satisfied 4 neither satisfied nor dissatisfied 3 somewhat dissatisfied 2 quite dissatisfied 1 completely dissatisfied
ClassificationO-SLW-c-sq-v-7-g
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication247
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Mean5.70
Standard deviation


Full textSelfreport on single question: Here are some features of people’s lives affecting them today. Please indicate how satisfied you are with each of them.... How satisfied are you with your overall quality of life? 1 very dissatisfied 2 somewhat dissatisfied 3 a little dissatisfied 4 about evenly balanced 5 a little satisfied 6 somewhat satisfied 7 very satisfied
ClassificationO-QLS-c-sq-v-7-b
Author's labelOverall quality of life
Page in publication247
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Mean5.50
Standard deviation


Full textSelfreport on single question: Considering your life as a whole, how happy would you say you are? 1 very unhappy 2 somewhat unhappy 3 a little unhappy 4 evenly balanced 5 a little happy 6 somewhat happy 7 very happy
ClassificationO-HL-u-sq-v-7-f
Author's labelOverall happiness
Page in publication247
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Mean5.60
Standard deviation


Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
% income spent on housing costsshow  Cost of housing
% income spent on housing costsshow  Housing, also classified as above ↑
% income spent on housing costsshow  `objective` poverty, also classified as above ↑
Accomplishing in life nowshow  Satisfaction with goal-achievement
Crime related worriesshow  Perceived chance of becoming victim
Crime related worriesshow  Perceived safety in vinicity, also classified as above ↑
Crime related worriesshow  Specific worries , also classified as above ↑
Difficulties with housing costsshow  Concern about spending
Difficulties with housing costsshow  Cost of housing, also classified as above ↑
Difficulties with housing costsshow  Current problems, also classified as above ↑
Difficulties with housing costsshow  Worrying about money, also classified as above ↑
Family relationsshow  Satisfaction with close adult relatives
Family relationsshow  Satisfaction with family-life , also classified as above ↑
Friendshipsshow  Satisfaction with friends
General Healthshow  Self-perceived health
Government planningshow  Attitudes to local political issues
Healthshow  Satisfaction with health
Ideal age preferenceshow  Satisfaction with age
Living areashow  Attitudes to local environment
Living areashow  Attitudes to residential mobility, also classified as above ↑
Local government officialsshow  Attitudes to local government
Mental Healthshow  Hedonic tone in affect
Mental Healthshow  Scores on symptom inventories, also classified as above ↑
Neighbourhoodshow  Satisfaction with amenities in vinicity
Neighbourhoodshow  Satisfaction with safety in vinicity, also classified as above ↑
Opportunities to socializeshow  Satisfaction with social participation
Personal Fair Treatment Indexshow  Personal experience of ethnic discrimination
Personal Fair Treatment Indexshow  Trust in local society, also classified as above ↑
Personal worriesshow  Attitudes to one's own age
Personal worriesshow  Current worries, also classified as above ↑
Personal worriesshow  Inner locus of control, also classified as above ↑
Personal worriesshow  Self perceived recognition, also classified as above ↑
Physical age identity: looking oldshow  Age identification
Physical age identity: looking oldshow  Attitudes to one's own age, also classified as above ↑
Physical Functioning limitationsshow  Restrictions to physical functioning
Present ageshow  Satisfaction with age
Recreational opportunitiesshow  Satisfaction with local recreation
Religion/spiritual fulfillmentshow  Satisfaction with religion
Retaill store accessshow  Attitudes to consumption
Retaill store accessshow  Satisfaction with amenities in vinicity, also classified as above ↑
Self-esteemshow  Current satisfaction with self
Social age identityshow  Age identification
Social Functioningshow  Degree of restriction
Social Functioningshow  Scores on symptom inventories, also classified as above ↑
Social Support Indexshow  Current intimate relationships
Social Support Indexshow  Sources of current support, also classified as above ↑
Vitalityshow  Active
Vitalityshow  Current positive mental health, also classified as above ↑
Vitalityshow  Feeling energetic (vs lethargic, tired), also classified as above ↑
Worries/getting aroundshow  Satisfaction with amenities in vinicity
Worries/getting aroundshow  Specific worries , also classified as above ↑