Model Of Happiness In The Former USSR Countries

Thursday, July 17, 2014: 10:30 AM
Room: Booth 53
Oral Presentation
Aizhan SHABDENOVA , Data analysis, Center for Study of Public Opinion, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Gulzhan ALIMBEKOVA , Center for Study of Public Opinion, Kazakhstan
The phenomenon of happiness being studied by scientists from different fields of science, the concept of "Happiness" is multifaceted and polysemantic. Happiness is determined not only satisfaction of primary human needs for food, clothing, shelter and security, but also in meeting the spiritual needs, the internal state of the person. At the same time happiness can be characterized by opportunities for citizens to participate in public and political life of their country, attached to the masterpieces of world culture, the possibility of complete rest.

In this work will be presented comparative data from sociological surveys conducted in framework of the project HITT-CIS - Health in Times of Transition, it is an international research project supported by the Seventh Framework Program of the European Union (FP7-Health). Field works were conducted in 2010, across nine former Soviet Union countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. The objectives of this research were to study the conditions of lifestyle, health, social well-being, political views and their relationship. A total 18,000 respondents were surveyed by standardized personal interview. Sample represents the population at the age of 18 years and older, also represents distribution by region and type of settlement.

Results of the regression analysis will be presented, where the dependent variable is subjective feeling of happiness, measured on a ten-point scale, as well as influencing variables - number of variables, including not only the socio-demographic characteristics, but also the level of satisfaction with various aspects of social and political development of countries.