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They were then asked how satisfied they were with life as a whole, using a scale of 0 –10. A prompt card was provided that displayed a number scale with the words 'Not at all satisfied' above 0 and 'Completely satisfied' above 10.
The data items and related output categories for this topic are contained within the SPS Level – Health & Disability tab in the data item list which is available in Excel spreadsheet format from the Downloads tab of this product.
Data for this topic has been collected to provide further analytical possibilities around the relationship between general health / life satisfaction and characteristics of people who experience violence.
Data from this topic should not be used to only produce population estimates of health statistics. The data should only be used in conjunction with other data related to experiences of violence collected in this survey.
Points to be considered when interpreting data for this topic include the following:
COMPARABILITY WITH PREVIOUS SURVEYS
This topic was first introduced in the 2012 PSS.
Self assessed health status data is comparable between 2012 and 2016.
Overall life satisfaction is not comparable between 2012 and 2016 due to a change in methodology in 2016 to collect a rating based on a number rather than specific words. The 2012 categories were:
3. Mostly satisfied
5. Mostly dissatisfied
The change to this question in 2016 was to make it consistent with what is asked in more recent ABS surveys, such as the General Social Survey 2014. As such, it is now aligned with the question used as part of assessing against the OECD Better Life Index.
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