Findings on happiness in Shin & Johnson (1978): study US 1975

Author(s)Shin, D.C.; Johnson, D.M.
TitleAvowed Happiness as the Overall Assesment of the Quality of Life.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 1978, Vol. 5, 475 - 492
PublicHeads of households, Illinois, USA, 1975
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Probability multi stage sample selected by using a random digit-dialing technique
Respondents N =665
Non Response17%
AssesmentInterview: telephone (CATI)
General remarks
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taken all together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say that you are....? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy
Author's labelSelf-assessment of happiness
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
Assessment of communityL17ac01Attitude to vinicity
Assessment of educationE01ad04Satisfaction with education
Assessment of healthH14ab02aGlobal health rating
Assessment of housingH22ae02Satisfaction with housing
Assessment of leisure timeL03ad03Satisfaction with leisure
Assessment of quality of local governmentL15ac01Attitudes to local government
Assessment of quality of local governmentP09ag01bAttitudes to local government, also classified as above ↑
Assessment of standard of livingI01af05eSatisfaction with standard of living
EducationE01ab02Level of school-education
Home ownershipH22ab01aHouse owned or rented
IncomeI01ab03Household income
Male sexG01aaSex (male vs female)
Marital statusM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
Number of childrenC03ab01Number of children
Number of people living togetherH20ab03Number of persons in household
Participation in communal activitiesS07ab02Attendance to meetings
Participation in workE02abCurrent employment status
Perceived financial improvement over timeI01aa02cChange to better or worse
Perceived life- enjoyment relative to othersH11ab03cPerceived difference with own happiness
RaceE04ab03tEthnic status in the USA
Resources, assesments and comparisonsS15ab04Socio-demographic + life-appraisals