Findings on happiness in Ackerman & Paolucci (1983): study US 1974

Author(s)Ackerman, N.M.; Paolucci, B.
TitleObjective and Subjective Income Adequacy: Their Relationship to Perceived Life Quality Measures.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 1983, Vol. 12, 25 - 48
Public18+ aged, general public, USA, 1974
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Multistage area probability sample. The population was selected as a subsample from a representative sample of the adult population in the U.S.A. on two criteria: 1) Complete data on subjective income adequacy and three life quality measures. 2) Information on objective family income adequacy measures. (The subsample contained 6,7% more married respondents, 2,5% less one-person households, 2,5% more married couples without children)
Respondents N =1064
Non Response26%
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interview
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How do you feel about your life as a whole.....? 7 delighted 6 pleased 5 mostly satisfied 4 mixed 3 mostly dissatisfied 2 unhappy 1 terrible Name: Andrews & Withey's `Delighted-Terrible Scale' (original version)
Author's labelPerceived overall life quality.
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Objective income adequacyshow  `objective` poverty
Subjective income adequacyshow  Subjective poverty
Subjective/objective adeqacy  Sufficiency of current income