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Correlational findings

Study VanSluijs (2004): study NL 1987

Public:
Young adults, followed from age 18 to 30, The Netherlands, 1987-1999
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 836
Non Response:
36,6% (baseline)
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Face to face interviews, questionnaires, telephone interviews (1999)

Correlate

Authors's label
Neuroticism
Our Classification
Operationalization
Selfreport on the following questions:
- I worry more than is good for me
- I am very sensitive: I'm also bothered by small things.
- I am nervous very often .
- I bcome upset when I have to do something I cannot handle.
- It takes me a long time to forget a disappointment.
- I am a bundle of nerves
- I feel I am very tense

Rated 1 not applicable at all, to 7 completely applicable). The answers were summed up and changed to a 10 point scale.

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-Sum-cy-mq-v-7-a b = B's indicate average difference between more and less neurotic Ss over this 12 year period O-Sum-cy-mq-v-7-a b = -.10 p < .001 B controlled for personal characteristics:
- age
- ageĀ²
- gender
- education
- cohort 1965 vs cohort 1961
- cohort 1969 vs cohort 1961
- mental health
- extraversion
O-Sum-cy-mq-v-7-a b = -.10 p < .001 additional controlled for lifecourse transitions (happened or not):
- first job
- no job
- left parental home
- living together/marriage first partner
- divorce from first partner
- living together/marriage second partner
- having first child
O-Sum-cy-mq-v-7-a b = -.10 p < .001 additional controlled for years since transition :
- first paid job
- no job
- leaving parental home
- living together/marriage first partner
- divorce from first partner
- living together/marriage second partner
- having first child

Unaffected by squaring of the above variables

Effect stronger (negative) for men