Findings on happiness in Suchman et al. (1958): study US 1952

Author(s)Suchman, E.A.; Phillips, B.S.; Streib, G.F.
TitleAn Analysis of the Validity of Health Questionnaires.
SourceSocial Forces, 1958, Vol. 36, 223 - 232
Public65+ aged, followed 2 years, USA, 1952-54
 1952 - 1954
Survey nameNot available
 Cornell Study of Occupational Retirement
SampleNot available
 Non-probability quota sample of residents of all parts of the USA from widely divergent backgrounds.
Respondents N =2993
Non Response-
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Questionnaire and medical examination
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: All in all, how much happiness do you find in life today....? 1 almost none 2 some but not very much 3 a good deal
Author's labelHappiness
Finding used in
nation ranks
Scores in123

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Physical healthshow  Expert rating of health
Self-rated general healthshow  Global health rating
Self-rated health problemsshow  Global health rating