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Life Satisfaction

“Life satisfaction is a cognitive assessment of an underlying state thought to be relatively consistent and influenced by social factors” (Ellison et al. 1989).


Ellison, Christopher G., David A. Gay, and Thomas A. Glass. 1989. “Does Religious Commitment Contribute to Individual Life Satisfaction?” Social Forces 68(1):100-123.

The following are possible measures of Life Satisfaction that can be created using data from theARDA.com
These variables measure a respondent's self-assessment of life satisfaction with family life, job, education, etc.  Subjective assessments contrast with more "objective" measures such as quality of life metrics, social status, or physical health. View related items in the Measurement Wizard:
Several files in theARDA's Data Archive have examples of this Measure.
SATLIFE - 1999 Middletown Area Study
SATSEFFE - 2001 U.S. Congregational Life Survey, Church of the Nazarene Leaders (this same measure is available for other groups in the USCLS as well)
SATCITY 1997 Endtime Family (Children of God)
SATFAM - 1975-80 Project Canada 1Panel Study
SAT_1 - 2001 Pulpit & Pew National Survey of Pastoral Leaders
SATCITY - 1990 General Social Survey
SATCITY - 1988 General Social Survey
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"The psychologically healthy person is one who maintains close contact with reality" (Taylor and Brown 1988:193).  "The perception of reality is called mentally healthy when what the individual sees corresponds to what is actually there" (Jahoda 1958:6). Definitions of mental health, as well the best way to measure the concept, remain generally debatable.
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