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Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2007: Core Module Report 2 - Subjective perceptions of well-being in Scotland?

DescriptionThe report discusses the topline findings on subjective well-being levels in Scotland and compares the findings with other countries across Europe. It also explores the relationship between socio-demographic data and well-being.
Official Print Publication DateAugust 2008
Website Publication DateAugust 14, 2008


Lisa Given and Catriona Webster, Scottish Centre for Social Research

ISBN 978 0 7559 7193 0 (Web only publication)
ISSN 0950 2254

This document is also available in pdf format (524k)



Executive Summary

1. Introduction and background
Why measure well-being?
What do we mean by 'subjective well-being'?
The data
Structure of the report

2. Subjective well-being in Scotland

3. How does the subjective well-being of people living in Scotland compare with that of those living in other countries?

4. Factors associated with subjective well-being

5. Conclusions


Annex A - Detailed tables

Annex B - Technical details
The Scottish Social Attitudes series
The 2007 survey
Response rates
Sample design
Analysis variables
Analysis techniques
Regression models

It should be noted that since this research was commissioned a new Scottish government
has been formed, which means that the report reflects commitments and strategic
objectives conceived under the previous administration. The policies, strategies,
objectives and commitments referred to in this report should not therefore be treated as
current Government policy.

The views expressed in this report are those of the researcher and
do not necessarily represent those of the Department or Scottish Ministers.

This report is available on the Scottish Government Social Research website only