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 labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
Appreciation of being aloneS06ac01Concern about personal contacts
Being homosexualS03ab03cHomo-sexual
EducationE01ab02Level of school-education
Expected satisfac- tion if marriedM02ah01bExpected satisfaction if married
Freedom on the jobW04ab15Self-direction at work
Job satisfactionW05ad01Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole
Living aloneH20ab01Living alone or not
LonelinessI07ab05Perceived sufficiency of intimate contacts
Male sexG01aaSex (male vs female)
Marital satisfactionM03ac03Satisfaction with marriage
MarriedM02aa01Married vs never married
Negative self-imageM02ah02bPerceived characteristics of singles
Non-religiousR12ad01Church-member or not
Number of intimates,friends and aquaintancesI07ab02Total number of intimate ties
Number of married people among 4 closest friendsF06ad03Married friends
Number of unpleasantsocial contactsS06ac02Perceived amount of pleasant contacts
Number of unpleasantsocial contactsP05cy01Tendency to like people, also classified as above ↑
Occupational prestigeO01ac01aSocial prestige of occupation
Organizational activityS07ab02Attendance to meetings
Perceived apprecia- tion by colleguesP10ab02aPopularity with colleagues
Perceived apprecia- tion by colleguesW05ad02cSatisfaction with colleagues, also classified as above ↑
Perceived apprecia- tion by colleguesS02ag01Self-perceived reputation, also classified as above ↑
Perceived negative imageM02ah02bPerceived characteristics of singles
Perceived negative imageS02ag01Self-perceived reputation, also classified as above ↑
Perceived positive imageM02ah02bPerceived characteristics of singles
Perceived positive imageS02ag01Self-perceived reputation, also classified as above ↑
Positive self-imageM02ah02bPerceived characteristics of singles
Prefer to change jobwhen possibleO01ad02Attitudes to current occupation
Prefer to change jobwhen possibleL05ac01bSpecific changes wanted, also classified as above ↑
Quality of contacts with family membersI07ab04Perceived quality of intimate ties
Quality of intimate relationshipsI07ab04Perceived quality of intimate ties
Religious affilia- tionR12ab03bReligious individualism
Religious partici- pationR12ad02Participation in church
Religious participa-tionS07ab01Membership of voluntary organizations
Satisfaction with housingH22ae02Satisfaction with housing
Social contacts of own familyF03ab02Contacts with relatives