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Term: Life Satisfaction - (CCHS Survey Data)

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2012-07-19


Subjective life satisfaction is a measure of an individual's perceived level of well-being and happiness and has been shown to be positively correlated with health status. In the CCHS Survey - Chapter 14, all participants were asked "How satisfied are you with your life in general: Very satisfied, Satisfied, Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied, Dissatisfied, or Very dissatisfied?" Other possible responses include don't know, not stated, or refusal to answer.

Different groupings have been reported in MCHP research. In Fransoo et al. (2009) and Fransoo et al. (2011), respondents were grouped into two categories: "Very satisfied" or "not" (contains all other responses - the low frequency of the last three responses prevented further refinement). In Martens et al. (2010) and Chartier et al. (2012), the crude and adjusted weighted proportion of respondents who were satisfied with life (very satisfied or satisfied) were calculated. Respondents who answered "don't know" or did not answer the question were excluded from analyses.

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