Findings on happiness in Brenner (1967): study US 1963

Author(s)Brenner, B.
TitlePatterns of Alcohol Use, Happiness and the Satisfaction of Wants.
SourceQuarterly Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 1967, Vol. 28, 667 - 675
Public21+ aged, general public, USA, 1963
Collect periodsummer
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Probability multi-stage sample. At block level non-probability quota sample, with quotas based on sex, age, race and employment.
Respondents N =1499
Non Response4% incomplete
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interview
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelf report on single question: Taken all together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say that you are....? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy
Author's labelHappiness
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 3On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.681.76

Scores in123

Full textSelf report on single question: When you think of the things you want from life, how would you say that you're doing in getting the things you want.....?" 2 pretty well 1 not too well
Author's labelSatisfaction of wants
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 2On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.38

Scores in12

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Amount of alcohol consumptionshow  Use of alcohol
Being an ex-drinkershow  Earlier use of alcohol
Being an ex-drinkershow  Use of alcohol, also classified as above ↑
Having problems due to drinkingshow  Problems with addiction
Using alcohoshow  Use of alcohol