Findings on happiness in Sigelman (1981): study US 1974

Author(s)Sigelman, L.
TitleIs Ignorance Bliss? A Reconsideration of the Folk Wisdom.
SourceHuman Relations, 1981, Vol. 34, 965 - 974
Public18+ aged, general public, USA, 1974-76
Survey nameNot available
 General Social Survey 1974 and 1976 (NORC)
SampleNot available
 Pooled probability multi stage sample.
Respondents N =2650
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Highly structured
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 labelHappiness
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Anomiashow  Development of anomy
Church attendanceshow  Participation in church
Educationshow  Level of school-education
Family incomeshow  Household income
Health conditionshow  Global health rating
Intelligenceshow  Test-intelligence
Male sexshow  Sex (male vs female)
Married statusshow  Married state (compared to non-married states)
not namedshow  Socio-demographic + health + personality
Political participationshow  Voting
Satisfaction with four areas of lifeshow  Dwelling + leisure + social life
White raceshow  Ethnic status in the USA