Findings on happiness in Becker & Vink (1984): study NL 1982

Author(s)Becker, J.W.; Vink, R.
TitleWerkelozen, Arbeidsongeschikten en Werkenden Vergeleken. ( A Comparison between the Unemployed, Disabled Workers and the Employed).
SourceSocial and Cultural Planning Office, 1984, Rijswijk, Netherlands
Public18-64 aged, general public, The Netherlands, 1982
Survey nameNot available
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
 unemployed (3 months or longer and looking for work), disabled workers and the employed were selected from a representative sample of households
Respondents N =465
Non Response68-94%
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
General remarksThe disabled and the unemployed where selected for this 1982 study of the Central Planning Bureau (the "LWW'82 file") and included the spouses (or partners) of the unemployed and the disabled workers. Data of the weekly "NSS-omnibus" survey of 1200 households were used (for 15 weeks) for the selection of the employed who were randomly selected from this omnibus file to serve as a control group. The unemployed and disabled were also located by means of this omnibus service.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question Now taking everything into account, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with your life these days? 5 very satisfied 4 satisfied 3 neither satisfied nor dissatisfied 2 dissatisfied 1 very dissatisfied - don't know - no answers Numerical scale reversed
Author's labelSatisfaction with life
Page in publication1
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 5On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Satisfaction with close relativesF03ac02Satisfaction with family-life
Satisfaction with daily activitiesA02ad03Satisfaction with activity pattern
Satisfaction with financial statusI01af05bSatisfaction with financial situation
Satisfaction with friendsF06ah04Satisfaction with friends
Satisfaction with healthH14af04Satisfaction with health
Satisfaction with housingH22ae02Satisfaction with housing
Satisfaction with own educationE01ad04Satisfaction with education
Satisfaction with social statusS09ad02Satisfaction with own status
Satisfaction with societyN01ac01Satisfaction with life in nation in general
Satisfaction with years spent in family of originF01adFamily climate (earlier for adults, current for young)