University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0985
Survey Title Survey of Women's Attitudes toward Happiness, 2011
Depositor Meiji Yasuda Research Institute, Inc.
(Former Name:Meiji Yasuda Institute of Life and Wellness, Inc.)
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Period of Data Use Permission One year
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Summary This is an attitudes survey conducted in August 2011 by the Meiji Yasuda Corp. Lifestyle Welfare Research Institute targeting women between the ages of 20–59. The survey is primarily concerned with attitudes toward happiness.

The main contents are as follows.

(1) Personality/type, etc.
(2) Feeling of happiness/degree of satisfaction
(3) Daily life/family, birth/child-rearing, etc.
(4) Work
(5) Love/marriage
(6) Relationship with parents
(7) Worries/anxieties
(8) Views on the future
(9) Health
(10) Savings and preparations for the future
Data Type quantitative research: micro data
Universe Women aged 20 to 59 years across Japan
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size Sample size: 2,579 people
Among them, with spouse: 1,718 people
No spouse (never married): 691 people
No spouse (previously married): 170 people
Date of Collection 2011-08-30 ~ 2011-08-31
2011/8/30 – 8/31
Time Period 2011 ~ 2011
Spatial Unit Japan
Sampling Procedure Non-probability: Quota
Sampling was done from 5-year age-based strata based on female population percentage
Mode of Data Collection Self-administered questionnaire: Web-based (CAWI)
Internet questionnaire survey (registered monitor subjects of Macromill, Inc.)
Investigator Meiji Yasuda Institute of Life and Wellness, Inc., survey carried out by Macromill, Inc.
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.0985
Sponsors (Funds)
Related Publications (by the Investigator) Please refer to the abstract in Japanese.
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Documentation [Questionnaire]
Major Survey Items Face items
Gender, age, prefecture of residence, area of residence, household annual income, occupation, student category, marital status, number of children, presence of romantic partner, current workstyle, number of working days per week, designated working hours per day (excluding overtime/breaks), working hours per day (including overtime/breaks), highest level of educational attainment, cohabitants, whether or not living with spouse, distance between respondent’s home and parents’ home/husband’s parents’ home, annual income

(1) Personality/type, etc.
Type (social, liking to spend time alone, etc.), prioritization (own living/contributing to society, work/private life, high salary/worthwhile work

(2) Feeling of happiness/degree of satisfaction
- Feeling of happiness
The happiest period of life/degree of happiness at that time (out of 10), current happiness level (out of 10), times respondent felt happy in childhood/junior high school/high school, what women’s happiness is, times respondent feels happy in daily life, things necessary for happiness

- Degree of satisfaction
Childhood dreams for the future/whether they have come true, pluses/minuses to having been born as a woman, whether respondent would like to be a woman if you were to be reborn

(3) Daily life/family, birth/child-rearing, etc.
- Daily life/family
Time spent with spouse on days off, work end time, time husband comes home on work days, person to eat lunch/dinner with, number of days per week respondent eats dinner with spouse, level of satisfaction with husband, reasons of satisfaction/reasons of dissatisfaction

- Birth/child-rearing
Thoughts on having children, desired number of children, reasons for wanting/not wanting to have children, whether child-rearing is (was) fun/why it was fun/why it was hard, things necessary for smooth parenting

- Leisure/holidays
Things respondent spends money to do on days off, things respondent spends money to do on workdays and after work, things respondent desires to enrich after-work hours, what respondent would do if he or she had a month off work

(4) Work
- Regarding work
Purposes of work/primary purpose, ideal workstyle for women’s life stage

- Regarding current work
Whether satisfied with current work/details, details of current work respondent is dissatisfied with, how long respondent wants to continue current work, things respondent will be dissatisfied about after retiring, reasons for not currently working, self-evaluation of own work effort (on a scale of 1–10)

- Regarding career
Whether respondent has felt she is “in a disadvantaged position compared to men” at work/details, how far respondent wants to be promoted, whether respondent wants to be a regular employee, reasons for wanting/not wanting to be a regular employee, whether respondent wants to work in the future

(5) Love/marriage
- Experiences with love/marriage
How respondent met current husband/romantic partner, whether respondent is glad she is married, reasons respondent is glad to be married/reasons respondent is not glad to be married, things respondent is currently doing/has done in the past to find someone to marry (participation in workplace events, etc./matchmaking, etc.), whether respondent has considered divorce

- Thoughts on marriage
Whether respondent thinks that women “should eventually get married,” whether respondent thinks being in love and marriage are different, whether respondent believes home should be prioritized once married, reasons for thinking “I want to get married”/reasons for not thinking “I want to get married,” whether preferring different surnames for a married couple, thoughts on a married couple being allowed to retain a different surnames, reasons a married couple retaining different surnames would be a good idea

- Thoughts on your partner
Normative consciousness about behavior of married people, what respondent seeks in an ideal romantic partner/what respondent seeks in an ideal husband

(6) Relationship with parents
Relationship with parents/husband’s parents (very good/normal, etc.), reasons relationship with parents is good (own parents/spouse’s parents), things own parents/spouse’s parents did for respondent in the last three years that made her happy, parents’ occupations when respondent was in elementary school to high school, parents’ thoughts on and approach to parenting

(7) Worries and anxieties
Current worries and future anxieties, person respondent talks to about worries, number of friends that respondent can talk about anything/their attributes

(8) Future view
Future goals, things respondent is currently doing for future goals/monthly expenses for the goal/reasons for not doing anything

(9) Health
Mental and physical health condition/reasons for responding “slightly unhealthy,” “unhealthy,” things respondent does/keeps in mind for health, regular bedtime and wake-up time

(10) Savings and preparations for the future
- Monetary preparation 
Whether respondent is preparing money for old age/the amount of money per month, thoughts on monetary preparation for old age, preparation for life in old age (other than money)

*For details of survey items, please refer to the questionnaire.
Date of Release 2016/03/03
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