Findings on happiness in Blishen & Atkinson (1980): study CA 1977

Author(s)Blishen, B.R.; Atkinson, T.H.
TitleAnglophone and Francophone Perceptions of the Quality of Life in Canada.
SourceSzalai, A.; Andrews, F.; Eds.:" The Quality of Life, Comparative Studies.", Sage, 1980, London, 25 - 40
PublicAdults, general public, Canada, 1977
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleProbability sample (unspecified)
Respondents N =3288
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Not explicitly reported. Four major data collection activities in 1977; 1979 and 1981. 1: three national cross-sectional surveys 2: panel surveys evenly divided between two metropolitan areas. 3: elite surveys with respondents chosen positionally. 4: data base composed of statistical information of the economic, social, political, and live derived from government statistical services.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Here is a card that I want you to use to tell me how satisfied or dissatisfied you with your life in general. If you are completely satisfied with it you would say "eleven' and if you are completely dissatisfied with it you would say "one". If you are neither completely satisfied not completely dissatisfied you would put yourself somewhere from "two' to "ten". The higher the number, the more satisfied you are. In general, how satisfied are you with your life? Which number on the card comes closest to how you feel? 1 completely dissatisfied 2 3 4 5 6 neutral 7 8 9 10 11 completely satisfied
Author's labelGeneral Life Satisfaction
Page in publication30
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 11On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.791.79

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Current age (in years)
English languageshow  Ethnic status in Canada
Incomeshow  Current income level (unspecified)
Joint effectsshow  Socio-demographic factors only