Findings on happiness in Andrews & Withey (1976): study US 1973 /2

Author(s)Andrews, F.M.; Withey, S.B.
TitleSocial Indicators of Well-Being. Americans Perceptions of Life Quality.
SourcePlenum Press, 1976, New York, USA
Public18+ aged, general public, USA, 1972-1973
Collect period11
 1972/11 + 1973/4-7
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Joint sample consisting of 3 samples from different surveys (US 1973/3, ANDRE 1973/4 and ANDRE 1973/5). All samples were probability area samples of adults (age 18+) living in non-institutional dwelling units of the 48 coterminious states. The samples were limited to American citizens, and were ot tested for representativeness, but no gross biases were expected.
Respondents N =2727
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 using highly structured questionnaires
General remarksSee also US 1973 and US 1973/3, US 1973/4 and US 1973/5
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 labelLife3 (G3) + Life 1 (G1)
Page in publication208, 209
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.99

Scores in1234567

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Satisfaction with close adult relativesshow  Satisfaction with close adult relatives
Satisfaction with costs of living, taxesshow  Satisfaction with costs of living in nation
Satisfaction with fair and rightful treatment by othersshow  Satisfaction with fair treatment in nation
Satisfaction with family (activities and responsibility)show  Satisfaction with family-life
Satisfaction with health, physical workshow  Satisfaction with aspects of work
Satisfaction with house, apartmentshow  Satisfaction with housing
Satisfaction with income, standard of livingshow  Satisfaction with standard of living
Satisfaction with jobshow  Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole
Satisfaction with local governmentshow  Attitudes to local government
Satisfaction with local weathershow  Attitude to local climate
Satisfaction with marriage, family lifeshow  Satisfaction with family
Satisfaction with mediashow  Satisfaction with media in nation
Satisfaction with mobilityshow  Satisfaction with local transport
Satisfaction with national governmentshow  Attitudes to national government
Satisfaction with neighbors and neigh-borhoodshow  Attitude to neighborhood
Satisfaction with neighbors and neigh-borhoodshow  Social contacts in vinicity, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with oneselfshow  Current satisfaction with self
Satisfaction with religious faith, fulfillmentshow  Satisfaction with religion
Satisfaction with respect and acceptance by othersshow  Attitudes to own popularity
Satisfaction with respect and acceptance by othersshow  Satisfaction with respect for rights in nation, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with safetyshow  Attitudes to victimization
Satisfaction with safetyshow  Feeling secure (vs threatened), also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with safetyshow  Satisfaction with safety in vinicity, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with spare time, pressureshow  Satisfaction with time for leisure
Satisfaction with standards and valuesshow  Attitudes to value-climate
Satisfaction with standards and valuesshow  Satisfaction with moral climate , also classified as above ↑