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Correlational findings

Study Hartog & Oosterbeek (1998): study NL 1952

Public:
41 aged, Brabant, the Netherlands, followed 1952-1993
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 1893
Non Response:
53,6%
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper
Mailed questionnaire at T3.

Correlate

Authors's label
Social background variables
Our Classification
Operationalization
a. Fathers occupation low and normal
   family (reference)
b. Father's education
c. Mother's education
d. Fathers occupation intermediate
e. Fathers occupation high
f. Fathers occupation independent
g. Social status low
i. Number of siblings

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks C-BW-c-sq-n-11-a OPRC = -.06 ns Fathers education C-BW-c-sq-n-11-a OPRC = +.03 ns Mothers education C-BW-c-sq-n-11-a OPRC = +.05 ns Fathers occupation intermediate C-BW-c-sq-n-11-a OPRC = -.10 ns Fathers occupation high C-BW-c-sq-n-11-a OPRC = +.02 ns Fathers occupation independent C-BW-c-sq-n-11-a OPRC = -.09 ns Social status low C-BW-c-sq-n-11-a OPRC = -.09 ns Number of siblings

OPRC's controlled for:
-schooling
-intelligence
-gender and family status
-labour market status
-health status

OPRC (Ordered Probit Regression Coefficient) cannot be interpreted as an absolute effect-size. The coefficients only denote whether the correlation is positive or negative and the relative differences in correlation (not significant) between social background variables and happiness.