NOTE: this is not a function.
These are two variables asked in the CCHS that asks respondents to rate their satisfaction with their lives. The variable GEN_02A is a categorical variable with 5 categories:
Neither satisfied nor unsatisfied
The GEN_02A2 is a continuous variable from 0 to 10, where 0 represents very dissatisfied and 10 represents very satisfied.
- categorical life satisfaction variable asked from 2003-2007
- continuous life satisfaction variable asked from 2009-2014, and derived for 2003-2007
GEN_02A was asked to respondents in the 2003, 2005, and 2007-2008 CCHS survey cycles; while GEN_02A2 was asked to respondents in CCHS survey cycles from 2009 to 2014. To harmonize GEN_02A2 across more cycles, GEN_02A2 was derived for earlier cycles by converting GEN_02A values to match the scale used in GEN_02A2. The very satisfied category was converted to a score of 10; the satisfied category was converted to a score of 7; the neither satisfied nor unsatisfied category was converted to a score of 5; the dissatisfied category was converted to a score of 2; and the very dissatisfied category was converted to a score of 0.
When using earlier CCHS cycles (2003-2007), it is appropriate to use GEN_02A. When using multiple CCHS cycles that include cycles from 2009-2014, GEN_02A2 is recommended.