Findings on happiness in Warr et al. (1979): study GB 1977

Author(s)Warr, P.; Cook, J.; Wall, T.
TitleScales for the Measurement of Social Work Attitudes and Aspects of Psychological.
SourceJournal of Occupational Psychology, 1979, Vol. 52, 129 - 148
PublicFactory workers, blue collar, UK, 1977
Collect period2-11
 Februari 1977 and November 1977
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Two samples combined: 1. random area sample from ten widely dispersed areas 2. area sample, stratified by size of firms, age and skill of workers
Respondents N =590
  200 and 390
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Two structured interviews
General remarksIndicator 2 (O-SL) used in first sample only
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking all things together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say you are...? 3 very happy 2 fairly happy 1 not too happy
Author's labelHappiness
Remarks sample 1 sample 2 range: 1 - 3 1 - 3 M : 2,24 2,12 Ms' : 6.2 5.6 SD : 0.53 0.71
Finding used in
nation ranks

Full textSelfreport on single question: Finally, will you consider some other aspects of your life at the present moment, and indicate how satisfied you feel about each in turn....... Taking everything together, your life -as-a-whole- these days.......? 1 I'm extremely dissatisfied 2 I'm very dissatisfied 3 I'm moderately dissatisfied 4 I'm not sure 5 I'm moderately satisfied 6 I'm very satisfied 7 I'm extremely satisfied
Author's labelOverall life-satisfaction
Error estimatesReliability: Validity:
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.28

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Chronological ageA04abCurrent age (in years)
Employee relations satisfactionW05ad02cSatisfaction with colleagues
Extrinsic job satisfactionW05ad02Satisfaction with aspects of work
Higher order need strengthW05ac01Reasons for working
Intrinsic job motivationW05ac01Reasons for working
Intrinsic job satisfactionW05ad02Satisfaction with aspects of work
Job itself intrinsicsatisfactionW05ad02Satisfaction with aspects of work
Overall job satisfactionW05ad01Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole
Overall life satisfactionH07aa01bO-HL by O-SL
Overall self-rated anxietyP05afAnxious
Perceived intrinsic job characteristicsW05ad02dSatisfaction with work itself
Satisfaction with life styleL04ad02Satisfaction with multiple domains of life
Satisfaction with personal lifeL04ad02Satisfaction with multiple domains of life
Satisfaction with standards and achievementN01acCurrent satisfaction with nation
Self rated anxietyP05afAnxious
Skill levelO01ac01bSkill level of occupation
Total job satisfactionW05ad01Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole
Total life satisfactionL04afMixed multiple life-appraisals
Work involvementW05abCurrent concern about work
Working conditions extrinsic satisfactionW05ad02Satisfaction with aspects of work