Findings on happiness in Prizmic-Larsen et al. (2009): study HR 2005

Author(s)Prizmic-Larsen, Z.; Franc, R; Kaliterna Lipovcan, L.J.
TitleWhat to Do and not to Do to be Happy and Satisfied? Affect Regulations Strategies and Well-Being in a Representative Sample of Croatia.
SourceFreire, T.;Ed.. :"Understanding Positive Life Research and Practice on Positive Psychology", Climepsi, 2009, Lisabon, Portugal, 213 - 226
PublicAdults, general public, Croatia, 2005
Collect period7
Survey nameNot available
 National Survey on public opinion
SampleProbability stratified sample
 - stratified by age and gender - multi-stage
Respondents N =900
 Women=486 (54%); Men=414 (46%)
Non Response31%
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interview at home by trained interviewers
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on three questions: 'On the average, what percentage of the time do you feel….…' (percentages must add up to 100%) 1 happy 2 unhappy 3 neutral Name: Fordyce % happy scale Variant: % happy
Author's labelSubjective Well-being
Page in publication214, 218
Remarks% of time happy: Female: M=52,4; SD=22,72; Male: M=53,5; SD=23,02 % of time unhappy: Female: M=23,5; SD=18,48; Male: M=21,6; SD=16,14
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Active distractionshow  Current coping-style
Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Behavioral engagementshow  Current coping-style
Cognitive engagementshow  Current coping-style
Incomeshow  Personal income
Not namedshow  Socio-demographic + personality
Passive distraction and acceptanceshow  Current coping-style
Rumination and withdrawshow  Current coping-style
Venting and expressing affectshow  Current coping-style
Waitingshow  Current coping-style