Findings on happiness in Cummins et al. (2003a): study AU 2002

Author(s)Cummins, R.A.; Davern, M.T.; Eckersley, R.; Hunter, B.; Lo, S.K.; Okerstrom, E.
TitleAustralian Unity Wellbeing Index, Survey 5, Report 5.0. The Wellbeing of Autralians: 1. Personal Finances 2. The Impact of the Bali Bombing.
SourceAustralian Center on Quality of Life, 2003, Melbourne, Australia.
Public18+ aged, general public, Australia, 2002
 Fluent in English
Collect period11
Survey nameNot available
 Wave 5 of Australian Unity Wellbeing Survey
SampleProbability area sample
 Randomly drawn telephone numbers
Respondents N =1999
Non Response75%
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 publication5
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 deviation1.731.73

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Chronological Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Household Incomeshow  Type of income
Male sexeshow  Sex (male vs female)
Religionshow  Current religious denomination
Retiredshow  Current status: retired or not
Satisfaction with ability to affordshow  Satisfaction with standard of living
Satisfaction with ability to pay for essentialsshow  Satisfaction with standard of living
Satisfaction with achievementshow  Satisfaction with own accomplishments
Satisfaction with businessshow  Attitudes to economy in the nation
Satisfaction with communityshow  Satisfaction with social contacts in vinicity
Satisfaction with economic situation in Australiashow  Attitudes to economy in the nation
Satisfaction with financial situationshow  Satisfaction with opportunity to save
Satisfaction with future securityshow  Specific personal hopes
Satisfaction with governmentshow  Attitudes to government
Satisfaction with life in Australiashow  Satisfaction with life in nation in general
Satisfaction with national securityshow  Attitudes to position of the nation
Satisfaction with natural environmentshow  Satisfaction with natural environment
Satisfaction with relationshipsshow  Satisfaction with intimacy
Satisfaction with religion or spiritualityshow  Satisfaction with religion
Satisfaction with Safetyshow  Satisfaction with safety in vinicity
Satisfaction with social conditionsshow  Attitudes to social relations in the nation
Satisfaction with your finacial securityshow  Satisfaction with financial security
Satisfation with standard of livingshow  Satisfaction with income
Source of incomeshow  Source of current income
survey numbershow  ERA (temporal period)
Worrying about moneyshow  Worrying about money