Findings on happiness in Kivett (1976): study US 1970

Publication
Author(s)Kivett, V.R.
TitleThe Aged in North Carolina: Physical, Social and Environmental Characteristics and Sources of Assistance. (The Guilford Study)
SourceTechnical Bullletin No.237, North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station, 1976, USA
Investigation
Public65+ aged, North Carolina, USA, 1970-71
Collect periodspring
 Spring 1970- fall 1971
Survey nameNot available
 Guilford Study
SampleNot available
 Stratified probability sample taken from the rural and urban 65+ population of Guilford,North Carolina. Stratified by urban living, rural living and inytitutional living.
Respondents N =469
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interview
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: All in all, how much UNhappiness would you say that you find in life today.......? 1 a great deal 2 some 3 almost none
ClassificationO-HL-c-sq-v-3-ba
Author's labelGeneral happiness
Page in publication36
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 3On range 0 - 10
Mean2.46
Standard deviation0.76

Scores in123
%15.720.460.4

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Age difference among elderly
Educational levelshow  Level of school-education
Joint effectshow  Socio-demographic factors only
Male sexshow  Sex (male vs female)
Married vs never marriedshow  Married vs never married
Never married vs divorcedshow  Vs divorced
Never married vs separatedshow  Vs separated
Never married vs widowedshow  Vs widowed
Social positionshow  'Objective' socio-economic status
Urban livingshow  Rural vs urban dwelling
White raceshow  Ethnic status in the USA
Work at age 50show  Earlier occupation