Findings on happiness in DeJong-Gierveld (1969): study NL 1965

Author(s)DeJong-Gierveld, J.
TitleDe Ongehuwden. (The Unmarried).
SourceSamson, 1969, Alphen a/d Rijn, Netherlands
Public30-55 aged, general public, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1965
Collect period9-12
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Probability systematic random sample stratified by sex and marital status. 150 never married males, 150 married males, 150 never married females and 150 married females; age 30-55.
Respondents N =600
Non Response31%;
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interview and low structured questionnaire at home.
General remarksMost correlates were presented in a tabular supplement.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: "....... satisfaction with life ....." (full question not reported) 5 very satisfied 4 satisfied 3 don't know/satisfied 2 don't know/not satisfied 1 disappointed in life
Author's labelGeneral satisfaction.
Finding used in
nation ranks
Scores in12345

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Appreciation of being aloneshow  Concern about personal contacts
Being homosexualshow  Homo-sexual
Educationshow  Level of school-education
Expected satisfac- tion if marriedshow  Expected satisfaction if married
Freedom on the jobshow  Self-direction at work
Job satisfactionshow  Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole
Living aloneshow  Living alone or not
Lonelinessshow  Perceived sufficiency of intimate contacts
Male sexshow  Sex (male vs female)
Marital satisfactionshow  Satisfaction with marriage
Marriedshow  Married vs never married
Negative self-imageshow  Perceived characteristics of singles
Non-religiousshow  Church-member or not
Number of intimates,friends and aquaintancesshow  Total number of intimate ties
Number of married people among 4 closest friendsshow  Married friends
Number of unpleasantsocial contactsshow  Perceived amount of pleasant contacts
Number of unpleasantsocial contactsshow  Tendency to like people, also classified as above ↑
Occupational prestigeshow  Social prestige of occupation
Organizational activityshow  Attendance to meetings
Perceived apprecia- tion by colleguesshow  Popularity with colleagues
Perceived apprecia- tion by colleguesshow  Satisfaction with colleagues, also classified as above ↑
Perceived apprecia- tion by colleguesshow  Self-perceived reputation, also classified as above ↑
Perceived negative imageshow  Perceived characteristics of singles
Perceived negative imageshow  Self-perceived reputation, also classified as above ↑
Perceived positive imageshow  Perceived characteristics of singles
Perceived positive imageshow  Self-perceived reputation, also classified as above ↑
Positive self-imageshow  Perceived characteristics of singles
Prefer to change jobwhen possibleshow  Attitudes to current occupation
Prefer to change jobwhen possibleshow  Specific changes wanted, also classified as above ↑
Quality of contacts with family membersshow  Perceived quality of intimate ties
Quality of intimate relationshipsshow  Perceived quality of intimate ties
Religious affilia- tionshow  Religious individualism
Religious partici- pationshow  Participation in church
Religious participa-tionshow  Membership of voluntary organizations
Satisfaction with housingshow  Satisfaction with housing
Social contacts of own familyshow  Contacts with relatives