Findings on happiness in Abrams & Hall (1972): study GB 1971

Author(s)Abrams, M.; Hall, J.
TitleThe Condition of the British People: Report on a Pilot Survey using Self-Rating Scales.
SourceUnpublished Paper, Social Science Research Council, 1972, London, UK
Public15+ aged, middle class, Britain, 1971
Collect period3
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Non-probability quota sample;overpresentation of middle class people (48 % vs 35 %)
Respondents N =213
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Halfstructured questionnaire, using both open end and closed questions.
General remarksPartly reported in 'Measuring the quality of life using sample surveys', in Stober et al.'Technology assessment and the quality of life', Amsterdam, 1973 Elsevier.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: "How dissatisfied would you say you are with things in general today?' Rated on ladder scale [ 10 ] completely satisfied [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ 0 ] completely dissatisfied
Author's labelSatisfaction in general
RemarksAlmost symmetric.: 20 % low (0-3), 56 % medium (4-7), 24 % high (8-10)
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
AnomyA06aaDevelopment of anomy
Being an old age pensionerR14abCurrent status: retired or not
IncomeI01abCurrent income level (unspecified)
Increase in satisfaction during 4 - 5yearsH04aa03aRecent change
Male sexG01aaSex (male vs female)
Marital statusM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
OccupationO01abCurrent occupation
Perceived increase in satisfaction during 4 - 5 yearsH04aa03aRecent change
Percieved past happinessH04aa01bIn specific periods in the past
Percieved satisfaction of one belongs toH11ab03bPerceived level of happiness of specific social categories
SatisfactionH11ab03cPerceived difference with own happiness
Satisfaction with children's educationC04ab07Success of one's children
Satisfaction with districtL16ac03Satisfaction with local environment
Satisfaction with financial situationI01af05bSatisfaction with financial situation
Satisfaction with healthH14af04Satisfaction with health
Satisfaction with housingH22ae02Satisfaction with housing
Satisfaction with job of oneself or husbandW05adCurrent satisfaction with work
Satisfaction with one's family lifeF03ac02Satisfaction with family-life
Satisfaction with one's friendshipF06ah04Satisfaction with friends
Satisfaction with own satisfaction levelH11ac01Acceptance of own (un)happiness
Satisfaction with the way the police and the courts workL12ac02abSatisfaction with local police
Satisfaction with things you can do inleisure timeL03ad03bSatisfaction with leisure activities
Satisfaction with welfare servicesP09ag02cAttitudes to social security
Social gradeS09ab01'Objective' socio-economic status
Wish to change lifeL05ac01aWish to change life
Wish to have lived in an other way in the pastL04ab01Wished other life