Findings on happiness in Cummins et al. (2002a): study AU 2002

Author(s)Cummins, R.A.; Davern, M.T.; Eckersley, R.; Okerstrom, E.; Pallant, J.
TitleAustralian Unity Wellbeing Index, Survey 3, Report 3.2. The Impact of Personal Relationships and Household Structure on the Wellbeing of Australians.
SourceAustralian Center on Quality of Life, 2002, Melbourne, Australia
Public18+ aged, general public, Australia, 2002
 Fluent in English
Collect period2-3
Survey nameNot available
 Wave 3 of Australian Unity Wellbeing Survey
SampleProbability area sample
 Randomly drawn telephone numbers
Respondents N =2110
Non Response70%
AssesmentInterview: telephone (CATI)
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Thinking about your own life and personal circumstances, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole? 1 very dissatisfied 2 3 4 5 neutral 6 7 8 9 10 very satisfied First item in Cummins' 'Personal Well-being Scale' (labels used until 2005)
Author's labelLife as a whole
Page in publication7
RemarksThe values presented in the report are stretched to range 0-100
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation17.861.79

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Household Incomeshow  Household income
Household Structure Differences: alone vs partnershow  Living alone or not
Marital status, Divorced vs Marriedshow  Married vs divorced
Marital status, Married vs Defactoshow  Formally-married vs living-as-married
Marital status, never married vs marriedshow  Married vs never married
Marital status, Separated vs Marriedshow  Married vs separated
Marital status, Widowed vs Marriedshow  Married vs widowed
Personal Wellbeing Indexshow  Satisfaction with multiple domains of life
Satisfaction with Relationshipsshow  Satisfaction with intimacy
Satisfaction with Achievementshow  Satisfaction with own accomplishments
Satisfaction with Achievementshow  Successful (vs failure), also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with Communityshow  Social cohesion in vinicity
Satisfaction with healthshow  Satisfaction with health
Satisfaction with Safetyshow  Satisfaction with safety in vinicity
Satisfaction with Standard of Livingshow  Satisfaction with standard of living