Findings on happiness in Mastekaasa & Moum (1984): study NO 1982

Author(s)Mastekaasa, A.; Moum, T.
TitleThe Perceived Quality of Life in Norway: Regional Variations and Contextual Effects.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 1984, Vol. 14, 385 - 419
Public18-79 aged, general public, Norway, 1982
Survey nameNot available
 European Value Study. Same study also reported in HALMA 1987.
SampleNot available
 National multi-stage probability sampling. Respondents in the 18-24 age category were somewhat oversampled.
Respondents N =972
Non Response22%
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interview
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Do you feel that your life at present is.....? 4 very happy 3 quite happy 2 unhappy 1 very unhappy
Author's labelHappiness
Finding used in
nation ranks

Full textSelfreport on single question: Ss were asked to rate themselves on an 1 - 10 rating ladder in terms of their self-perceived life satisfaction. (Full question not reported). [ 10 ] + [ 9 ] [ 8 ] [ 7 ] [ 6 ] [ 5 ] [ 4 ] [ 3 ] [ 2 ] [ 1 ] -- (labels of scale extremes not reported)
Author's labelOverall life satisfaction
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Current age (in years)
County in Norwayshow  Region in Norway
Degree of urbanizationshow  Community size
Economic level of the countyshow  Current economic conditions in one's region
Educationshow  Level of school-education
Household sizeshow  Number of persons in household
Incomeshow  Current income level (unspecified)
Joint effectsshow  Socio-demographic + environmental factors
Male sexshow  Sex (male vs female)
Marital statusshow  Married state (compared to non-married states)
Occupational prestigeshow  Social prestige of occupation
Occupationally activeshow  Current employment status
Traditionalism of the countyshow  Current characteristics of local society
Traditionalism of the countyshow  Social probems in vinicity, also classified as above ↑