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Correlational findings

Study Booth & VanOurs (2009): study AU 2001

Public:
Couples, Australia, followed 4 years 2001-2004
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 8170
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Correlate

Authors's label
Family income
Our Classification
Operationalization
(Log) total annual family gross income in 1000 australian dollar

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLu-u-sq-n-11-a OLRC = + p < .05 ALL (correlation with couple's average happiness)                          +0,25 O-SLu-u-sq-n-11-a OLRC = + p < .05 WIVES ONLY                          +0,27 O-SLu-u-sq-n-11-a OLRC = + p < .05 HUSBANDS ONLY                       +0,22

OLCR's controlled for:
- having children
- health of spouse
- own health
- own employment
- employment of spouse

OLRC cannot be interpreted as an absolute effect size and denotes only relative differences
O-SLu-u-sq-n-11-a = Fixed effect analysis yields similar results and this suggests that no other intervening variables are involved. (Fixed effect analysis uses person dummies to control for unobserved variables such as personality)