Findings on happiness in Xu & Wu (1988): study CN 1986

Author(s)Xu, S.; Wu, Z.
TitleA preliminary survey of the psychological and social situation of the elderly in Beijing.
SourceInternational Journal of Mental Health, 1988, Vol. 16, 51 - 66
Public55+ aged, Being China, 198?
 Year of data gathering not reported, estimated 1986
Survey nameNot available
 Part of the data were gathered trough (public) meetings. The report does not explain which data were gathered that way and how.
SampleNon-probability purposive-quota sample
 Ss selected from three typical residental areas in the Hai Dian District of Being: 1: area for construction workers 2: area for working people (unskilled and housewives) 3: rea for cadres and scientific workers Selection of respondents not reported.
Respondents N =175
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Self completed and administered in personal interviews
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: "...... how satisfied are you with your life-as-a-whole......?" (Full question not reported) 1 not very satisfied 2 somewhat satisfied 3 very satisfied 4 extremely satisfied
Author's labelSatisfaction with life
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 4On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.94

Scores in1234

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Average income of family membersI01ab03Household income
Happy eventsL06ab01fSum of positive life-events
Health statusH14ab02Self-perceived health
Occupational groupO01aa01Earlier occupation
Self-evaluationS02ad02Evaluation of self-as-a-whole
SexG01aaSex (male vs female)
stressesL06ab01eSum of negative life-events