The Context of Happiness Low-Income Households Have Experienced

저소득층이 경험하는 행복의 맥락

  • Kwon, Jisung (Korea Baptist Theological University/Seminary)
  • Received : 2013.01.31
  • Accepted : 2013.03.27
  • Published : 2013.05.31


The purpose of this study was to understand the context of happiness that low-income households have experienced. To achieve this purpose, this study used qualitative panel data collected from in-depth interviews and analysed the data through an inductive approach. Specifically, a researcher analysed the context of individual cases, and visualized the contexts comprised of phenomenon and participants' experiences. The researcher, also, comprised the integrated context by continuous individual and complicated analysis. As results, the researcher found that the level of happiness that low-income households have experienced was more directly related with subjective experiences than objective status. In addition, the participants' subjective experiences were comprised of very complicated components of experience, and the level of happiness could differ depending on how individuals perceived positive experiences and negative ones. Based on these findings, researcher proposed the guidelines for social welfare policy and practice to improve the level of low-income households' happiness.


low-income household;context of happiness;qualitative panel study