Correlational findings

Study Booth & VanOurs (2009): study AU 2001

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


Authors's label
Health of partner
Our Classification
Being in good health

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)

Wife being in good health           + 0,42
O-SLu-u-sq-n-11-a OLRC = + p < .05 Husband being in good health        + 0,27 O-SLu-u-sq-n-11-a OLRC = + ns WIVES ONLY
Spouse being in good health         + 0,08
O-SLu-u-sq-n-11-a OLRC = + ns HUSBANDS ONLY
Cross section data                  + 0,02

OLCR's controlled for:
- having children
- family income
- health of spouce
- own health

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)