Findings on happiness in Meredith (1984): study US 1982

Author(s)Meredith, W.H.
TitleLevel and Correlates of Perceived Quality of Life for Lao Hmong Refugees in Nebraska.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 1984, Vol. 14, 83 - 97
Public16+ aged, recent refugees from Laos, USA, 1982
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Non probability chunk sample: all Lao Hmong refugees living in Nebraska
Respondents N =145
Non Response0%
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Questionnaire filled out anonimously in presence of interviewer
General remarksLao Hmong tribe: primitive slash/burn agrarian society. Ss are largely illiterate. Live 3 to 6 years in the USA and are mostly young (16-30). Stay in USA 1 to 6 years. Ss were interiewed by clan member: honesty was stressed.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question, asked twice in interview: How do you feel about your life as a whole......? 7 delighted 6 pleased 5 mostly satisfied 4 mixed 3 mostly dissatisfied 2 unhappy 1 terrible Summation: arithmetic mean Name: Andrews & Withey's "Delighted-Terrible Scale" (original version) Also known as Lehman's 'Global life satisfaction'
Author's labelPerceived global quality of life
Error estimatesReliability: 97% of the respondents gave the same answer on the two identical questions
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.65

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Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
English abilityM07ab02Adjustment to new country of settlement
Joint effectsS15ac01Life-appraisals + personality
OptimismN01ab05Hopes for the nation
Perceived controlP05bpInner locus of control
Satisfaction with family lifeF03ac02Satisfaction with family-life
Satisfaction with friendshipsF06ah04Satisfaction with friends
Satisfaction with healthH14af04Satisfaction with health
Satisfaction with housingH22ae02Satisfaction with housing
Satisfaction with leisureL03ad03Satisfaction with leisure
Satisfaction with neigbourhoodL16ac02Attitude to neighborhood
Satisfaction with selfS02aeCurrent satisfaction with self
Satisfaction with standard of livingI01af05eSatisfaction with standard of living
Satisfaction with USAN01ac01Satisfaction with life in nation in general
Satisfaction with workW05ad01Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole