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

Publication
Author(s)Cummins, R.A.; Davern, M.T.; Eckersley, R.; Hunter, B.; Lo, S.K.; Okerstrom, E.
TitleAustralian Unity Wellbeing Index, Survey, Report 8.0. The Wellbeing of Australians. Feeling Connected to Australia.
SourceAustralian Center on Quality of Life, November 2003, Melbourne, Australia
URLhttp://www.acqol.com.au/reports/index.php
Investigation
Public18+ aged, general public, Australia, 2003
 Fluent in English
Collect period8
Survey nameAU-WI Survey 8
 Wave 8 of Australian Unity Wellbeing Survey
SampleProbability area sample
 Randomly drawn telephone numbers
Respondents N =1980
Non Response83%
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)
ClassificationO-SLW-u-sq-n-11-ca
Author's labelLife as a Whole
Page in publication4
RemarksThe values presented in the report are stretched to range 0-100
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Mean77.977.80
Standard deviation16.951.70


Full textSelfreport on single question: Now I am going to ask you how you FEEL, not just at the moment, but GENERALLY in your life. How content do you generally feel? On a scale from o to 10... 0 completely discontented 1 2 3 4 5 neutral 6 7 8 9 10 completely content
ClassificationM-AC-g-sq-n-11-a
Author's labelContentment
Page in publication4
RemarksThe values presented in the report are stretched to range 0-100
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Mean76.797.68
Standard deviation15.321.53


Full textSelfreport on single question: Now I am going to ask you how you FEEL, not just at the moment, but GENERALLY in your life. How happy do you generally feel? On a scale from o to 10... 0 completely unhappy 1 2 3 4 5 neutral 6 7 8 9 10 completely happy
ClassificationM-FH-g-sq-n-11-b
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication4
RemarksThe values presented in the report are stretched to range 0-100
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Mean78.637.86
Standard deviation14.871.49


Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Chronological Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Citizenshipshow  Foreign nationalities in nation
Connection to Australiashow  Current satisfaction with nation
Ethnic Originshow  Earlier nationality (nation of origin)
Gendershow  Sex (male vs female)
Household Incomeshow  Personal income
Petsshow  Current pets
Place of Birthshow  Ever migrated or not
Survey numbershow  ERA (temporal period)