Findings on happiness in Spreitzer & Snyder (1974): study US 1972

Author(s)Spreitzer, E.; Snyder, E.E.
TitleCorrelates of Life Satisfaction among the Aged.
SourceJournal of Gerontology, 1974, Vol. 29, 454 - 458
Public18+ aged, married or widowed, USA,1972-73
 1972 - 1973
Survey nameNot available
 NORC 1972 and 1973 samples
SampleNot available
 Pooling of 2 NORC (1972 and 1973) national probability samples. The sample was limited to married and widowed persons only: age 18+.
Respondents N =1547
Non Response-
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interview
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking all together: how happy would you say you are? Would you say you are? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 3On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Scores in123

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
Church attendanceR12ad02Participation in church
Educational levelE01ab02Level of school-education
Family incomeI01ab03Household income
Male sexG01aaSex (male vs female)
MarriedM02aa02Married vs widowed
Objective social classS09ab01'Objective' socio-economic status
Occupational prestigeO01ac01aSocial prestige of occupation
RetirementR14abCurrent status: retired or not
Satisfaction wirth financial situationI01af05bSatisfaction with financial situation
Self-perceived healthH14ab02aGlobal health rating
Subjective social classS09ab02Subjective social rank
White raceE04ab03tEthnic status in the USA