Findings on happiness in Woldringh & Knapen (1980): study NL 1978

Author(s)Woldringh, C.L.; Knapen, M.H.
TitleVrij en Alleen. (Free and Alone).
SourceInstitute of Applied Sociology, University of Nijmegen, 1980, Netherlands
PublicUnmarried adults, big cities, the Netherlands, 1978
Collect period2
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Probability multi-stage sample unmarrieds in big cities in the Netherlands, stratified by age and sex.Four categories were formed: 1 younger men (30-34 years old) 2 older men (45-49 years old) 3 younger women (30-34 years old) 4 older women (45-49 years old)
Respondents N =160
Non Response62% of which 28% refusals
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
General remarks
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: "How do you feel in general, during the last year, happy or not so happy......?" 5 very happy 4 fairly happy 3 not happy, not unhappy 2 not too happy 1 unhappy Don't know
Author's labelHappiness
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Desire of getting marriedshow  Desire of getting married
Lack of a partnershow  Desire of getting married
Lonelinessshow  Perceived sufficiency of intimate contacts
Preference of being aloneshow  Perceived characteristics of singles
View on mariage: not lonelyshow  Attitudes to marriage in general