Findings on happiness in Monk-Turner & Turner (2010): study ZZ East Asia 2005

Author(s)Monk-Turner, E.; Turner, C.G.
TitleSubjective Well-Being among Those who Exchange Sex and Money, Yunnan, China and Thailand.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 2010, Vol. 99, 13 - 23
PublicProstitutes and prostitute's clients, Yunnan, China, 2003, Thailand, 2007
 1) Yunnan data collected in 2003. 2) Thai data collected in 3 weeks during January and February 2007.
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
 1) Selected from general population sample by interviewers. Thee-stage sampling procedure in order to ensure representation of drug users. The primary sampling units consisted of 40 townships and neighborhoods. Within these townships and neighborhoods, respondents aged 18 and older were selected using disproportionate probability sampling. This was accomplished utilizing information on household registration rosters and confidential registrations of drug users. Interviewers visited selected individuals and informed them of their right to refuse to participate. 2) Convenience sample of sex workers in Thailand. Data were collected as part of a pilot project to better understand work and health issues among Thai sex workers. Willing respondents who came through the clinic as well as others in the community.
Respondents N =754
  Yunnan, China: female sex workers: N = 188 sex clients: N = 283 Thai female sex workers: N = 283
Non ResponseNot available
 Yunnan, China: 3% refusal rate. Thailand: not reported.
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Yunnan, China: Face-to-Face interview Thailand: Questionnaire for prostitutes who came through the clinic, as well as other prostitutes in the community.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelf report on single question: Do you consider your life as a whole 1 happy 0 unhappy
Author's labelSelf-reported happiness
Page in publication18
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
Current drug useS13abCurrent use of stimulants
Feels not part of communityL17ab01Local social cohesion
HIV positiveH14ad01aHuman immunodeficienct virus hiv (b20-24)
Income rank-goodI01ab01Personal income
Job conditions badW04abCurrent work-conditions
Job conditions badW05ad02eSatisfaction with work conditions, also classified as above ↑
MarriedM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
Years of EducationE01ab02Level of school-education