Findings on happiness in Rice et al. (1979): study US NewYork 1975

Author(s)Rice, R.W.; Hunt, R.G.; Near, J.P.
TitleUnique Variance in Job and Life Satisfaction associated with Work-Related and Extra-Workplace Variables.
SourceHuman Relations, 1979, Vol. 32, 605 - 623
PublicAdult, general public, Western New York State, USA, 1975
Survey nameNot available
 Erie Niagara Area Survey, same study also reported in NEAR 1978.
SampleNot available
 Probability area sample of adults from two county areas in Western New York State, USA
Respondents N =1041
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking everything into consideration: how satisfied are you with your life in general at the present time.....? 1 not satisfied 2 slightly satisfied 3 fairly satisfied 4 very satisfied 5 extremely satisfied
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 5On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Scores in12345

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Demographic variablesshow  Socio-demographic factors only
Geographic variablesshow  Current livability of local environment
Geographic variablesshow  Earlier community size, also classified as above ↑
Job satisfactionshow  Current satisfaction with work
Objective job variablesshow  Characteristics of current occupation
Objective job variablesshow  Current work-conditions, also classified as above ↑
Satisfactions other than life satisfactionshow  Psychological-morale inventories