Findings on happiness in Richards et al. (1984): study US 1981

Author(s)Richards, M.L.; Kashner, J.B.; Okun, M.A.; Stock, W.A.; Vaughan, D.A.
TitleThe Influence of Serious Personal Losses or Misfortunes on Life Satisfaction.
SourceJournal of Community Psychology, 1984, Vol. 12, 67 - 73
DOIDOI: 10.1002/1520-6629(198401)12:1<67::AID-JCOP2290120109>3.0.CO;2-B
Public25-59 aged, general public, USA, 1981
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Stratified subsample of 375 adults, obtained from a probability area sample (N: 9570). Stratified by area and race.
Respondents N =375
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
General remarks
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: "In general, how satisfied are you with your life.....?" 3 mostly satisfied 2 partly satisfied 1 mostly disappointed
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 3On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.58

Scores in123

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Joint effectsshow  Summed effects of current individual conditions (micro level)
Maried statusshow  Married state (compared to non-married states)
Self-perceived healthshow  Global health rating
Serious personal loss or misfortuneshow  Sum of negative life-events
Social Integrationshow  Perceived quality of intimate ties