Findings on happiness in Headey et al. (1984a): study AU 1978

Author(s)Headey, B.; Holmström, E.; Wearing, A.J.
TitleThe Impact of Life Events and Changes in Domain Satisfactions on Well-Being.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 1984, Vol. 15, 203 - 227
Public18-65 aged, general public, followed 3 years, Melbourne, Australia, 1979-80
Last assesment1981
 T1:november 1978, T2:january 1981
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Probability area sample, stratified by SES. 555 residents of Melbourne were chosen and interviewed at T1. From these 555 subjects 184 were interviewed again at T2 and submitted to the PERI test.
Respondents N =184
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
General remarksData also reported in HEADY 1985.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 10 questions: During the past few weeks, did you ever feel ....? (yes/no) A Particularly excited or interested in something? B So restless that you couldn't sit long in a chair? C Proud because someone complimented you on something you had done? D Very lonely or remote from other people? E Pleased about having accomplished something? F Bored? G On top of the world? H Depressed or very unhappy? I That things were going your way? J Upset because someone criticized you? Answer options and scoring: yes = 1 no = 0 Summation: -Positive Affect Score (PAS): A+C+E+G+I -Negative Affect Score (NAS): B+D+F+H+J -Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS minus NAS Possible range: -5 to +5 Name: Bradburn's 'Affect Balance Scale' (standard version)
Author's labelPsychological Well-being
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Life eventsshow  Summed life-events: standard weights
Past happinessshow  Past happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago)
Satisfaction with contacts with friendsshow  Satisfaction with friends
Satisfaction with healthshow  Change in satisfaction with health
Satisfaction with healthshow  Satisfaction with health, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with houseshow  Satisfaction with housing
Satisfaction with jobshow  Change in satisfaction with work
Satisfaction with leisureshow  Change in life-appraisals
Satisfaction with leisureshow  Change in satisfaction with leisure, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with marriageshow  Change in satisfaction with marriage
Satisfaction with organizational membershipsshow  Change in satisfaction with organizational participation
Satisfaction with sex lifeshow  Change in satisfaction with sex-life
Satisfaction with sex lifeshow  Satisfaction with sex-life, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with standard of livingshow  Change in attitude to income
Satisfaction with standard of livingshow  Earlier satisfaction with income, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with suburbshow  Attitude to vinicity
Satisfaction with suburbshow  Attitudes to local environment, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with suburbshow  Change in life-appraisals, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with suburbshow  Change in satisfaction with residence, also classified as above ↑