Findings on happiness in Thomas (1991): study GB 1986

Author(s)Thomas, L.E.
TitleCorrelates of Sexual Interest among Elderly Men.
SourcePsychological Reports, 1991, Vol. 68, 620 - 622.
Public70-94 aged males, London, UK, 198?
 Participants in university extension program, persons active in elderly social programs, members of churches and synagogues in central London. Average age: 76,3.
 Year of data gathering not reported
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
 Multi-entry referral system
Respondents N =46
Non Response25%
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 In respondent's home, spaced 3 to 4 weeks apart
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Here is a picture of a ladder. Suppose we say that the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom represents the worst possible life for you. Where on the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time? [ 10 ] best possible life [ 9 ] [ 8 ] [ 7 ] [ 6 ] [ 5 ] [ 4 ] [ 3 ] [ 2 ] [ 1 ] [ 0 ] worst possible life Preceded by 1) open questions about what the respondent imagines as the best possible life and the worst possible life. 2) ratings on the ladder of one's life five years ago and where on the ladder one expects to stand five years from now. Name: Cantril's self anchoring ladder rating of life (original)
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.851.85

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Subjective importance of sexS03acAttitudes to one's sex-life