Findings on happiness in Cummins et al. (2004a): study AU 2004

Publication
Author(s)Cummins, R.A.; Davern, M.T.; Eckersley, R.; Lo, S.K.; Okerstrom, E.; Woerner, J.
TitleAustralian Unity Wellbeing Index, Survey 10, Report 10.0. The Wellbeing of Australians. Health and Body Weight.
SourceAustralian Center on Quality of Life, 2004, Melbourne, Australia
URLhttp://www.acqol.com.au/reports/index.php
Investigation
Public18+ aged, general public, Australia, 2004
 Fluent in English
Collect period2-3
Survey nameNot available
 Wave 10 of Australian Unity Wellbeing Survey
SampleProbability area sample
 Randomly drawn telephone numbers
Respondents N =2000
Non Response89%
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
Mean7.747.74
Standard deviation1.701.70


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 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 mentioned in the report are stretched to range 0-100
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Mean7.857.85
Standard deviation1.421.42


Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Full time Work Statusshow  Current employment status
Full time Work Statusshow  Current household-work, also classified as above ↑
Full time Work Statusshow  Current status: retired or not, also classified as above ↑
Full time Work Statusshow  Full-time vs part-time, also classified as above ↑
Full time Work Statusshow  Involved in schooling or not, also classified as above ↑
Full time Work Statusshow  Kind of occupation (profession), also classified as above ↑
Full time Work Statusshow  Unemployed involuntary, also classified as above ↑
Full time Work Statusshow  Voluntary work, also classified as above ↑
Full time Work Statusshow  Current employment status
Full time Work Statusshow  Current household-work, also classified as above ↑
Full time Work Statusshow  Current status: retired or not, also classified as above ↑
Full time Work Statusshow  Full-time home maker, also classified as above ↑
Full time Work Statusshow  Unemployed involuntary, also classified as above ↑
Full time Work Statusshow  Voluntary work, also classified as above ↑
Gendershow  Sex (male vs female)
Healthshow  Currently in treatment or not
Healthshow  Being in treatment for mental disorder (vs not)
Healthshow  Currently in treatment or not, also classified as above ↑
Healthshow  Visits to doctor, also classified as above ↑
Household Structureshow  Household members
Household Structureshow  Living alone or not, also classified as above ↑
Household Structureshow  Living with children, also classified as above ↑
Household Structureshow  Own position in household, also classified as above ↑
Household Structureshow  Single parent, also classified as above ↑
Household Structureshow  Living alone or not
Incomeshow  Current income level (unspecified)
Looking for Workshow  Aspirations for employment
Looking for Workshow  Looking for another job, also classified as above ↑
Marital Statusshow  Married vs never married
Marital Statusshow  Married vs widowed
Marital Statusshow  Married vs divorced
Marital Statusshow  Still-married vs broken marriage (widowed+separated+divorced)
Matital Statusshow  Married vs separated
Personal Wellbeing Indexshow  Satisfaction with multiple domains of life
Work Statusshow  Current employment status
Work Statusshow  Current household-work, also classified as above ↑
Work Statusshow  Current status: retired or not, also classified as above ↑
Work Statusshow  Voluntary work, also classified as above ↑