Findings on happiness in Drenth et al. (1983): study NL 1981 /1

Author(s)Drenth, P.J.; VanderKooij, R.N; VanLuijck, F.
TitleThe Meaning of Working. Results of a Survey on a National Sample and Ten Specific Target Groups in tghe Netherlands: A source Book.
SourceFree University Press, 1983, Amsterdam, Netherlands
PublicEmployed, unemployed and retired people, Netherlands, 1981
Collect period12
 December 1980 to July 1981
Survey nameNot available
SampleProbability multi-stage random
Respondents N =905
 10 target groups: chemical engineers, teachers, self-employed, tool and die makers, clerical workers, production workers, temporary workers, unemployed, retired, students. N = 905. For each target group the selection of respondents was from at least three companies in at least two major industrial areas: Randstad with emphasis on Amsterdam and surroundings and Brabant centered around Eindhoven and Tilburg.
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life? I want you to pick a number between 0 and 10 that indicates your level of satisfaction. The more satisfied you are, the higher the number you should pick. The less satisfied you are, the lower the number. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 This item is at the end of a list of identical questions about satisfaction in specific domains of life: home, employment opportunities, financial situation, safety, neighborhood, health and free time
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication254
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.44

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Job categoriesO01abCurrent occupation
Job categoriesR14abCurrent status: retired or not, also classified as above ↑
Job categoriesE02ae04Tenure (vs flex contracts), also classified as above ↑
Job categoriesE02ab03Unemployed involuntary, also classified as above ↑