Findings on happiness in Moser-Peters (1969): study NL Utrecht 1967

Author(s)Moser-Peters, C.M.
TitleAchtergronden van Geluksgevoelens. (Backgrounds of Happiness Feelings).
SourceNederlands Instituut voor Preventieve Geneeskunde (TNO), 1969, Leiden, Netherlands
Public21-65 aged general public, City of Utrecht,The Netherlands, 1967
Collect periodautumn
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Probability sample stratified by age. 183 males, 117 females; 88 of age 21-35, 93 of age 35-50, 119 of age 50-65; overrepresentation of males and older people.
Respondents N =300
Non Response14% unattainable etc.
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interview
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking all things together, how would you say you are these days.....? 5 extremely happy 4 very happy 3 happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy
Author's labelHappiness.
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 5On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation3.30

Scores in12345

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Age.A04abCurrent age (in years)
Church attendance.R12ad02Participation in church
Dissatisfaction with present socio- political orderN12ac01Attitudes to the state in nation
Dissatisfaction with present socio- political orderA09abCurrent authoritarianism, also classified as above ↑
Dissatisfaction with present socio- political orderP09ag05Perceived political control, also classified as above ↑
Educational level.E01ab02Level of school-education
Formal social participation.S07ab02Attendance to meetings
HospitalizationH17ab02In hospital, also classified as above ↑
HospitalizationH17aeSetting of medical treatment, also classified as above ↑
IncomeI01ab03Household income
Informal social participationS06abCurrent contacts
Law and order atti- tude.V02ac01Modern value pattern
Law and order attitudeA09abCurrent authoritarianism
Male sex.G01aaSex (male vs female)
Married. Vs never marriedM02aa01Married vs never married
Married.vs broken marriageM02aa05Still-married vs broken marriage (widowed+separated+divorced)
Medicine use.H12ac03Use of medicaments
Nervousness.H15abCurrent psycho-somatic complaints
Nervousness.H16ab02cPsycho-pharmacals, also classified as above ↑
Nervousness.H12ac03Use of medicaments, also classified as above ↑
Never married.M02ab01eVs formerly married (widowed+divorced+separated)
Non-religious.R12ad01Church-member or not
Number of doctor's consults.H17ab01Visits to doctor
Occupational level.O01ac01aSocial prestige of occupation
Psycho-somatic complaintsH15abCurrent psycho-somatic complaints
Recent illness.H14ab04Days ill
Relative closedness of circle of acquaintances.F06ad02Friends are friends
Religious affiliation.R12acCurrent religious denomination
Satisfaction with friends and acquain-tances.F06ah04Satisfaction with friends
Satisfaction with health.H14af04Satisfaction with health
Satisfaction with marriageM03ac03Satisfaction with marriage
Social autonomyS06ac01Concern about personal contacts
Social isolationT04ab02Trust in people
Social isolationP05diTrusting, also classified as above ↑
Social uncertainty (lack of self- confidence)S02ad03cSelf confidence