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Correlational findings

Study Thoits & Hewitt (2001): study US 1986

Public:
25+ aged, general public, USA, 1986-1989
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 2867
Non Response:
T1: 33% T2: 21%
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
At home

Correlate

Authors's label
Hours of volunteer work
Our Classification
Operationalization
How many hours did you spend on volunteer work during the last 12 month?
0=  did not volunteer at all in the past year
10= less than 20 hours
30= 20 to 39 hours
60= 40 to 79 hours
120=80 to 159 hours
200=160 hours or more

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLu-g-sq-v-5-f r = +.08 p < .001 T1 hours by T1 Life satisfaction O-SLu-g-sq-v-5-f b = +.17 p < .05 T2 hours by T1 Life satisfaction
B controlled for sociodemographic variables
-age        
-gender  
-ethnicity  
-education
-income     
-employment
-marital status
-children at home
O-SLu-g-sq-v-5-f b = +.07 ns T2 hours by T1 Life satisfaction
B controlled for T2 social intergration
-church attendance
-organization attendance
O-SLu-g-sq-v-5-f b = -.01 ns T2 hours by T1 Life satisfaction
B controlled for
-T2 social intergration
  -church attendance
  -organization attendance
-T1 volunteer work hours
(indicating CHANGE in hours)
O-SLu-g-sq-v-7-a b = +.02 p < .001 T2 hours by T2 Life satisfaction
B controlled for:
-sociodemographic variables
-age        
-gender  
-ethnicity  
-education
-income     
-employment
-marital status
-children at home
-T2 social intergration
-church attendance
-organization attendance
-T1 life satisfaction(indicating CHANGE in Life satisfaction)
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-a b = +.01 p < .10 T2 Happiness by T2 hours
B controlled for:
-sociodemographic variables
-age        
-gender  
-ethnicity  
-education
-income     
-employment
-marital status
-children at home
-T2 social intergration
-church attendance
-organization attendance
-T1 happiness
measured by a different item
"My life could be happier than it is now"