Findings on happiness in Headey (1999): study AU AU Victoria 1987

Author(s)Headey, B.
TitleOld Age is not Downhill: The Satisfactions and Well-Being of Older Australians.
SourceAustralian Journal on Aging, 1999, Vol. 18, 32 - 37
DOIDOI: 10.1111/j.1741-6612.1999.tb00887.x
Public24-76 aged, general public, Victoria, Australia, 1987
Survey nameNot available
 Third wave,of the Victoria QOL panel survey which started in 1981 and involved follow-ups in 1983, 1985,1987 and 1989.
SampleProbability simple random sample
 Selection took place in 1981. No people over 70 were selected.
Respondents N =649
Non Response0 %
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
General remarksThis study is also reported in HEADE 1985
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question asked twice 'How do you feel about your life as a whole?' 1 terrible 2 very unhappy 3 unhappy 4 mostly dissatisfied 5 mixed feelings 6 mostly satisfied 7 pleased 8 very pleased 9 delighted
Author's labellife satisfaction
Page in publication33
Finding used in
nation ranks

Full textDifference between self reports of ideal and real life: A: Ideal life, the best life one could hope for B: Real life, rating of present life Full items not reported Both items rated on a 21 step ladder scale: 20 best possible life, the most wonderful life you could imagine for anybody . . . 0 worst possible life Computation: Gap = A-B
Finding used in
nation ranks

Full textSelf report on single question: Question on perception of quality of 'present life'. (Full lead item not reported) 20 best possible life . . . 0 worst possible life
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Age-diiferences among eldersA04ab03Age difference among elderly
DepressionH13ac04aDepressive (f31-33)
Positive affectM15acCurrent typical moods
Positive affectA03ab03Hedonic tone in affect, also classified as above ↑