Findings on happiness in Bennett (1970): study US 1969

Author(s)Bennett, F.A.
TitleAvowed Happiness in Communities of Religious Women.
SourceUnpublished PhD Dissertation, University of Utah, 1970, USA
PublicNuns, Catholic congregations, USA, 1969
Collect period3
Survey nameNot available
SampleProbability simple random sample
 Systematic random sample of Nuns affiliated with the Conference of Major Superiors of Women's institutes in the U.S.A. inc.(C.H.S.W.). About 95% of all groups of nuns in the U.S.A. are affiliated with this organization. Subjects involved in an earlier pilot-study were excluded.
Respondents N =963
Non Response11,5%
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Mailed questionnaire
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Considering everything that has happened to you recently, how would you say things are with you - would you say you are.....? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy
Author's labelHappiness
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 3On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.67

Scores in123

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Age-groupsA04abCurrent age (in years)
Choosing own superiorW04ab15Self-direction at work
Cognitive dissonanceL07aeAcceptance of one's life-goals by others
Cognitive dissonanceF01ad02cAgreement with parents, also classified as above ↑
Cognitive dissonanceR12ag01Religious climate in family, also classified as above ↑
Considering depature from the conventI02afAttitudes to institution
Considering depature from the conventL05ac01bSpecific changes wanted, also classified as above ↑
Description of jobW05ad01Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole
Description of superiorW04ab11cLeadership of boss
Educational levelE01ab02Level of school-education
Evaluating superiorW05ad02gSatisfaction with management
Freedom of disagreementW04ab15Self-direction at work
Group-made decisionsW04ab15Self-direction at work
LonelinessM15ac05aFeeling lonely (vs not)
LonelinessF06ac03Intimate discussions, also classified as above ↑
Preparation for jobW06ab02Self-perceived work-performance
Presence of confidentI07ab01Having a confident or not
Presence of superiorW04ab15Self-direction at work
Recognition of workW05ad02gSatisfaction with management
Satisfaction from religious activitiesR12af03Satisfaction with religion
Size of conventI02ad05Size of institution
Trust of superiorW05ad02gSatisfaction with management