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 label Our subject description
Age-groupsshow  Current age (in years)
Choosing own superiorshow  Self-direction at work
Cognitive dissonanceshow  Acceptance of one's life-goals by others
Cognitive dissonanceshow  Agreement with parents, also classified as above ↑
Cognitive dissonanceshow  Religious climate in family, also classified as above ↑
Considering depature from the conventshow  Attitudes to institution
Considering depature from the conventshow  Specific changes wanted, also classified as above ↑
Description of jobshow  Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole
Description of superiorshow  Leadership of boss
Educational levelshow  Level of school-education
Evaluating superiorshow  Satisfaction with management
Freedom of disagreementshow  Self-direction at work
Group-made decisionsshow  Self-direction at work
Lonelinessshow  Feeling lonely (vs not)
Lonelinessshow  Intimate discussions, also classified as above ↑
Preparation for jobshow  Self-perceived work-performance
Presence of confidentshow  Having a confident or not
Presence of superiorshow  Self-direction at work
Recognition of workshow  Satisfaction with management
Satisfaction from religious activitiesshow  Satisfaction with religion
Size of conventshow  Size of institution
Trust of superiorshow  Satisfaction with management