Findings on happiness in Blandford & Chappell (1990): study CA 1985

Author(s)Blandford, A.A.; Chappell, N.L.
TitleSubjective Well-being among Native and Non-Native Elderly Persons: Do Differences Exist?
SourceCanadian Journal on Aging, 1990, Vol. 9, 386 - 399
Public50+ aged, Winnipeg,Canada, 1985
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Elderly natives sample were pooled from 1200 individuals living in Winnipeg according to the census. Only 193 participated in the study. The controlled group (Non-Natives) consist of random persons 197, aged 60 and over also living in Winnipeg.
Respondents N =390
Non Response15% Natives
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interviews using questionaires
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How would you describe your satisfaction with life in general at present......? 1 bad 2 poor 3 fair 4 good 5 excellent
Author's labelOverall Satisfaction With Life
Remarks Natives Non-Natives Fair/poor 38% 21% Excellent/good 62% 79%"
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04ab03Age difference among elderly
Days in bedH14ab04Days ill
EthnicityE04ab03dEthnic status in Canada
Family sizeH20ab03Number of persons in household
Functional abilityH14ac01Degree of restriction
Joint effectsS15abSummed effects of current individual conditions (micro level)
Male sexG01aaSex (male vs female)
MarriedM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
Monthly incomeI01abCurrent income level (unspecified)
Number of caregiversS10ab02Sources of current support
Number of childrenC03ab01Number of children
Number of siblingsF01ab01Number of siblings
Perceived healthH14ab02cNumber of health complaints
Satisfaction with family relationshipsF03ac02Satisfaction with family-life
Semi-skilled occupationO01ac01bSkill level of occupation
Social contactsS08abCurrent total social participation