Findings on happiness in Dykstra & Liefbroer (1998): study NL 1992

Publication
Author(s)Dykstra, P.A.; Liefbroer, A.C.
TitleKinderloos en toch Gelukkig? (Childless but Still Happy?)
SourceMens en Maatschappij, 1998, Vol. 73, 108 - 129
Investigation
Public55-89 aged, The Netherlands, 1992
 Born between 1903 and 1937. Mean age 72 years.
Survey nameNot available
 NESTOR-LSN
SampleProbability stratified sample
 Stratified for age and gender. Sample post-weighed for assuring representativeness of the 55+ aged population.
Respondents N =3729
 4494 people were interviewed. Information on life-satisfaction available for 3729 of these.
Non Response38,3
AssesmentInterview: computer assisted (CAPI)
General remarksFindings of s a paralel study in Germany (West-Berlin) are reported in Dykstr 2007.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelf report on single question: Taken all together, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with your life in general? 1 very dissatisfied 2 not satisfied 3 neither satisfied nor dissatisfied 4 satisfied 5 very satisfied
ClassificationO-SLu-g-sq-n-5-a
Author's labelsubjective wellbeing
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 5On range 0 - 10
Mean4.10
Standard deviation


Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
current ageshow  Age difference among elderly
Early retirementshow  Development of one's employment
Early retirementshow  Occupational career, also classified as above ↑
Early retirementshow  Retirement career, also classified as above ↑
female/maleshow  Sex (male vs female)
life historyshow  Earlier life (antecedents of happiness)
life historyshow  Summed effect of earlier conditions, also classified as above ↑
loss of childrenshow  Death of children
loss of childrenshow  Family career (family life-cycle), also classified as above ↑
loss of childrenshow  Specific earlier life-events, also classified as above ↑
Marital history, single after more marriagesshow  Earlier life-change
Marital history, single after more marriagesshow  Still with first spouse, also classified as above ↑
marital history/in second marriageshow  Earlier life-change
marital history/in second marriageshow  Still with first spouse, also classified as above ↑
Marital history/single never marriedshow  Life-long single
Marital history/single, divorcedshow  Earlier life-change
Marital history/single, divorcedshow  Ever divorced/separated, also classified as above ↑
Marital History/single, widowedshow  Earlier life-change
Marital History/single, widowedshow  Ever widowed, also classified as above ↑
Marital History/single, widowedshow  Specific earlier life-events, also classified as above ↑
parental historyshow  Earlier life-change
parental historyshow  Ever had children (vs not), also classified as above ↑
parental historyshow  Family career (family life-cycle), also classified as above ↑
upward occupational mobilityshow  Earlier social mobility
upward occupational mobilityshow  Intra-generational mobility, also classified as above ↑
upward occupational mobilityshow  Occupational career, also classified as above ↑