Findings on happiness in Wu et al. (2007): study TW 2001

Author(s)Wu, C.H.; Lee, K.L; Yao, G.
TitleExamining the Hierarchical Factor Structure of the SF-36 Taiwan Version by Exploratory and Confirmatory Factor Analysis.
SourceJournal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 2007, Vol. 13, 889 - 900
Public12+ aged, general public, Taiwan, 2001
Collect period8
 August 2001 - January 2002
Survey nameNot available
 Taiwan 2001 National Health Interview survey (NHIS)
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
 Multistage sampling proportional to the size of household populations was used, sample representative of the national population in age, gender, and in terms of urbanization index.
Respondents N =19777
Non Response6,2%
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: During the past 4 weeks….. Have you been a happy person? 6 all of the time 5 most of the time 4 a good bit of the time 3 some of the time 2 a little of the time 1 none of the time Item MH5 in SF-36 (Medical Outcome Study 36 item Short Form)
Author's labelSF-36 Taiwan MH5
Page in publication892,3
RemarksAverage of split-half subsamples, for exploratory factor analisys ((EFA) and conformatory factor analysis (CFA) Skewness -.70, Kurtosis -.25
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 6On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.21