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Correlational findings

Study Headey et al. (1991): study AU AU Victoria 1981

Public:
18-65 aged, general public, Victoria, Australia, followed 1981-1987
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 942
Non Response:
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper

Correlate

Authors's Label
Job
Our Classification
Remarks
Panel analysis over four waves (1981, 1983, 1985, 1987) which estimates following effects - bottom up: effect of job satisfaction on life satisfaction - topdown: effect of life satisfaction on job satisfaction - contemporaneous: within wave correlation - lagged: over time (waves) correlation
Operationalization
Index of 5 single questions on satisfaction with:
a: your job
b: the amount of say you have in how your job should be done
c: where you work: the surroundings and conditions
d: the hours you work and the amount of work you are asked to do
e: what you have (equipment, information, supervision, etc.) for doing your job
All scored on a 1-9 rating scale, summation by average.

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-DT-u-sqt-v-9-a Beta = -.07 ns Contemporaneous bottom up: having a good job increases life satisfaction. O-DT-u-sqt-v-9-a Beta = +.24 p < .05 Contemporaneous top down: happy people have good jobs. O-DT-u-sqt-v-9-a Beta = -.03 ns Lagged bottom up: having a good job increases life satisfaction. O-DT-u-sqt-v-9-a Beta = +.19 p < .05 Lagged top down: happy people are satisfied with their jobs.

Beta's controlled for satisfaction with
- marriage
- standard of living
- leisure
- friendship
- health