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 label Our subject description
Ageshow  Age difference among elderly
Days in bedshow  Days ill
Ethnicityshow  Ethnic status in Canada
Family sizeshow  Number of persons in household
Functional abilityshow  Degree of restriction
Joint effectsshow  Summed effects of current individual conditions (micro level)
Male sexshow  Sex (male vs female)
Marriedshow  Married state (compared to non-married states)
Monthly incomeshow  Current income level (unspecified)
Number of caregiversshow  Sources of current support
Number of childrenshow  Number of children
Number of siblingsshow  Number of siblings
Perceived healthshow  Number of health complaints
Satisfaction with family relationshipsshow  Satisfaction with family-life
Semi-skilled occupationshow  Skill level of occupation
Social contactsshow  Current total social participation
Widowedshow  Widowed