Correlational findings

Study Headey & Krause (1994): study AU 1981

18-65 aged, general public, Victoria, Australia, followed from 1981 to 1989
N = 502
Non Response
Interview: face-to-face
Face-to-face interviews at T1, T2, T3. Mailed questionnaire at T4


Authors's Label
Favourable Events
Our Classification
Error Estimates
Estimated validity coefficient 0.90
Number of favourable events mentioned on a 93-item questionnaire on 'events and experiences in the last two years.
Typical items are:
- you took up a new sparetime activity
- you had a financial crisis
- you started a new job
- you failed an important exam
- you ended an extra marital affair
- you made new friends
- you were robbed
Each item rated 'yes' or 'no'

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-DT-u-sqt-v-9-a r = +.07 p < .05 1981-83 Favourable Events by 1983 happiness: raw r O-DT-u-sqt-v-9-a r = +.08 p < .05 1981-83 Favourable Events by 1983 Happiness: disattenuated r O-DT-u-sqt-v-9-a = Disattenuated correlation were obtained assuming validity coefficient of 0.90 for favourable events and 0.8 for happiness