Findings on happiness in Palisi & Canning (1986): study US 1974

Author(s)Palisi, B.J.; Canning, C.
TitleUrbanism and Psychological Well-Being: A Test of Three Theories.
SourceSociological Spectrum, 1986, Vol. 6, 361 - 378
DOIDOI: 10.1080/02732173.1986.9981797
Public18+ aged, general public, USA, 1974-1982
 1974 + 1975 + 1977 + 1978 + 1982
Survey nameNot available
 General Social Surveys 1974 - 1982 (NORC)
SampleNot available
 The samples were gathered by a modified probability design in 1974 (some quota sampling was included). In 1975-1982 a full probability design was used.
Respondents N =7542
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interview
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taken all together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say that you are....? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy
Author's labelAvowed happiness
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 3On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.832.17

Scores in123

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Educationshow  Level of school-education
Incomeshow  Household income
Marriedshow  Married vs never married
Number of childrenshow  Number of children
Occupational prestigeshow  Social prestige of occupation
Satisfaction derivedfrom the communityshow  Attitude to vinicity
Satisfaction received from familylifeshow  Satisfaction with family-life
Satisfaction received from friendshipsshow  Satisfaction with friends
Social relationshipswith friendsshow  Current contacts with friends
Social relationshipswith kinshow  Contacts with relatives
Urbanismshow  Community size