Findings on happiness in Tiggemann & Winefield (1980): study AU 1978

Author(s)Tiggemann, M.; Winefield, A.H.
TitleSome Psychological Effects of Unemployment in School-Leavers.
SourceJournal of Social Issues, 1980, Vol. 15, 269 - 276
PublicSchool-leavers, South Australia, followed 1978-1979
 Students drawn from four schools of lower socioeconomic status
Collect period11
Last assesment1979
Last collect period6
 T1: November 1978, T2: June 1979
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
Respondents N =118
 November 1978: N=118; July 1979: N=102
Non ResponseNot available
 Drop-out at T2: 8,6%
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Part 1: November 1978 ((before leaving school) asking for: background information, attitudes to and expectation of employment and including various psychological scales. Questionnaire administered in class. Part 2: June 1979: (after leaving school at the end of the 1978 academic year) asking for employment history and containing the same psychological measures. Mailed questionnaire.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelf report on single question How often do you feel happy? 4 almost always 3 quite often 2 sometimes 1 never
Author's labelHappy
Page in publication274
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Employed vs UnemployedE02abCurrent employment status
Employed vs UnemployedE02aa03Later (un)employment, also classified as above ↑
Employed vs UnemployedH04ab01aRecent happiness (< 1 year ago), also classified as above ↑