Findings on happiness in Herzog et al. (1982): study US 1975

Author(s)Herzog, A.R.; Rodgers, W.L.; Woodworth, R.J.
TitleSubjective Well-Being among Different Age Groups.
SourceResearch Report I.S.R., University of Michigan, 1982, Ann Arbor, USA
Public50+ aged, general public, USA, 1975
Collect period10-11
Survey nameNot available
 Survey on 'Time use in Economic and Social Account' (Juster 1981).
SampleNot available
 Probability multistage area sample of adults: 50+ aged selected. Complete data were available for 410 Ss. 125 working men, 113 retired men, 91 working women, 81 retired women. Housewives excluded.
Respondents N =410
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 at home and activity-diary kept 24 h. before the interview
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How do you feel about your life as a whole.....? 7 delighted 6 pleased 5 mostly satisfied 4 mixed 3 mostly dissatisfied 2 unhappy 1 terrible Name: Andrews & Withey's `Delighted-Terrible Scale' (original version)
Author's labelLife-satisfaction
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Active leisureshow  Leisure activity level
Child care activityshow  Involvement in child-care
Education related activitiesshow  Involvement in school-work
Forage activityshow  Involvement with household work
Household activityshow  Involvement with household work
Organizational participationshow  Attendance to meetings
Passive leisureshow  Leisure activity level
Personal care activityshow  Personal care
Social/entertainmentactivitiesshow  Current contacts
Work activityshow  Hours work