Findings on happiness in Veenhoven (1984): study ZZ EU 9 1975

Publication
Author(s)Veenhoven, R.
TitleConditions of Happiness.
SourceKluwer Academic, 1984 (reprint), Dordrecht, The Netherlands
URLhttp://www2.eur.nl/fsw/research/veenhoven/Pub1980s/84a-con.htm
Investigation
Public15+ aged, general public, EU 9 member states, Western Europe, 1975
 Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany West, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, United Kingdom
Survey nameNot available
 Eurobarometer survey. Countries included are: Great Britain, Ireland, France, Western Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark.
SampleProbability area sample
 Probability area sampling.
Respondents N =12996
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interview
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single questions Six equivalent questions on overall happiness. (Slightly different items used in the various nations) Scores transformed to common range 1 - 3, by recoding; A "Generally speaking, how happy would you say you are; would you say you are...? 3 very happy 2 fairly happy 1 not too happy B Taken 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 C Taken all together, would you say you are.....? 3 very happy 2 quite happy 1 not very happy 1 not at all happy D Taken all together how would you say things are these days; would you say you are ...? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy E In general, how happy would you say you are...? 3 very happy 2 fairly happy 1 not very happy F How happy do you feel as you live now? Please choose one item from this card that is closest to your feeling 3 very happy 3 fairly happy 2 neither happy nor unhappy 1 fairly unhappy 1 very unhappy
ClassificationO-HV---sq-vt-3-a
Author's labelHappiness
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Full textSelfreport on single question: "...... satisfaction with life ......" (various slightly different questions) rated on different scale
ClassificationO-SLV---sq-vt-3-a
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Civic disordersshow  Civil war in nation
Coercion by governmentshow  Political freedom in nation
Degree of 'interest democracy'show  Interest democracy (interest-groups) in nation
Degree of internal warshow  Civil war in nation
Freedom of pressshow  Freedom of press in nation
GNP per capitashow  Gnp per capita (raw)
Income inequalityshow  Income inequality in nation
Inflationshow  Inflation in nation
Liberal democracyshow  Parliamentary democracy in nation
Political protestshow  Political violence in nation
Social securityshow  Social security in nation
Suicide ratesshow  Suicide in nation
Unemploymentshow  Unemployment in nation