Findings on happiness in Zehner (1977): study US 1973

Author(s)Zehner, R.B.
TitleIndicators of the Quality of Life in New Communities.
SourceBallinger, 1977, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
PublicResidents communities,planned and unplanned, USA, 1973
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
Respondents N =3894
 planned; 2596, unplanned; 1298
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Stuctured personal interview
General remarksThe households in the sampled communities consist largely of young families with one or more children.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: We have talked about various parts of your life, now I want to ask you about your life as a whole. How satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days.....? 7 completely satisfied 6 5 4 neutral 3 2 1 completely dissatisfied
Author's labelSatisfaction with life
RemarksPlanned communities; Completely satisfied 31%, satisfied 57%, completely dissatisfied 12% Unplanned communities; Completly satisfied 31%, satisfied 55%, completely dissatisfied 13%
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
Dwelling typeH22ab02Type of current dwelling
Family incomeI01ab03Household income
Family lifeF03ac02Satisfaction with family-life
HealthH14af04Satisfaction with health
Housework satisfactionW05ad03aSatisfaction with home-making
Job satisfactionW05ad01Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole
Male sexG01aaSex (male vs female)
Marriage satisfactionM03ac03Satisfaction with marriage
Married statusM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
Non-black raceE04ab03tEthnic status in the USA
Planned communityL13ab01aPlanned community
Satisfaction with communityL17ac01Attitude to vinicity
Satisfaction with dwelling unitH22ae02Satisfaction with housing
Satisfaction with neighbourhoodL16ac03Satisfaction with local environment
Satisfaction with standard of livingI01af05eSatisfaction with standard of living
Subsidized housingH22aeAttitudes to housing
Use of leisure timeL03ad03bSatisfaction with leisure activities