Findings on happiness in Hedley (1981): study AU 1977

Author(s)Hedley, R.A.
TitleWork, Life and the Pursuit of Happiness: A Study of Australian Industrial Workers.
SourceThe Journal of Industrial Relations, September, 1981, 397 - 405
PublicShop-floor workers in four metropolitan areas, south-eastern Australia, 1977
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
 8 firms selected with different technologies including electronics, cosmetics, confectioneries and chemicals.
Respondents N =1486
Non Response42%
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Questionnaire completed in class
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: In general how satisfying do you find the way you are spending your life these days. Would you call it.....? 3 completely satisfying 2 pretty satisfying 1 not very satisfying
Author's labellife satisfaction
Page in publication399
Finding used in
nation ranks
Scores in123

Full textSelfreport on single question: "How often have you seriously thought that life wasn't really worth living......?" 4 never 3 once or twice 2 occasionally 1 a great deal
Author's labellife worth living
Page in publication400
Finding used in
nation ranks
Scores in1234

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
job satisfaction_AW05ad01Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole
job satisfaction_BO01ad03Attitudes to current job
job satisfaction_BW05ad01Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole, also classified as above ↑
job satisfaction_CW05aiDedication to current employer
job satisfaction_CO01ad04Looking for another job, also classified as above ↑
life better than expectedL04ae01cLife compared with expectations
life worth livingL04ac01Single aspect evaluations (on criteria of good life)
non-work spill-overW05abCurrent concern about work
work spill overW05abCurrent concern about work
work spill overW05ad04Satisfaction with own job-performance, also classified as above ↑
work-non-work separationW05abCurrent concern about work