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

Author(s)Cummins, R.A.; Davern, M.T.; Eckersley, R.; Lo, S.K.
TitleAustralian Unity Wellbeing Index, Survey 4, Report 4.0. The Wellbeing of Australians. 1. Work and Leisure 2. The Impact of 11 September, One Year Later.
SourceAustralian Centre on Quality of Life, 2002, Melbourne, Australia
Public18+ aged, general public, Australia, 2002
 Fluent in English
Collect period9
Survey nameNot available
 Australia Unity Wellbeing Survey, Wave 4
SampleProbability area sample
 Randomly drawn telephone numbers
Respondents N =2003
Non Response88%
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 labelSatisfaction with Life as a Whole
Page in publication97
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 deviation1.721.72

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Achievementshow  Satisfaction with own accomplishments
Chronological Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Communityshow  Social cohesion in vinicity
Ethnicityshow  Earlier language
Ethnicityshow  Earlier nationality (nation of origin), also classified as above ↑
Healthshow  Satisfaction with health
Household Incomeshow  Household income
PWI domainsshow  Satisfaction with multiple domains of life
Relationshipsshow  Satisfaction with intimacy
Safetyshow  Satisfaction with safety in vinicity
Satisfaction with quality of leisureshow  Satisfaction with leisure
Satisfaction with quantity of leisureshow  Satisfaction with leisure
Securityshow  Satisfaction with financial security
Securityshow  Specific worries , also classified as above ↑
Standard of livingshow  Satisfaction with standard of living
Survey numbershow  Trend happiness in Australia
Work Hoursshow  Hours work
Work Hoursshow  Time spent on work and care, also classified as above ↑
Work Typeshow  Current employment status
Work Typeshow  Current occupation, also classified as above ↑
Work Typeshow  Full-time home maker, also classified as above ↑
Work Typeshow  Involved in schooling or not, also classified as above ↑
Work Typeshow  Voluntary work, also classified as above ↑