Correlational findings

Study Headey (2008): study DE 1990

16+ aged, general public, Germany, 1990-2004
N = 3553
Non Response
Interview: face-to-face


Authors's Label
Earlier average priority for life-goals
Our Classification
Error Estimates
T2-T3 over-time correlation: Success goals: r = +.49, Family goals r = +.49, Altruistic goals: r = +.41
Assessed at T1 (1990), T2 (1995) and T3 (2004) Average ratings at T1,T2, and T3, transformed to dummy-variables by split at the mean
Selfreport on questions on perceived importance of goals:
a: being able to buy things
b: fulfilling your potential
c: success in job
d: having children
e: having a good marriage
f: being involved in social and political activities
g: helping other people

Rated: 1 'very umimportant' to 4 'very important

Grouped on the basis of factor analysis
A: zero-sum goals: succes (a+b+c)
B: non-zero-sum goals; family life (d+e)
C: non-zoro-sum goals altruism (f+g)

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d = T1-T3 CHANGE in happiness by average priority at T 1,2,3 for life-goals O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d Beta = +.01 ns average priority at T 1,2,3 for family-goals O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d Beta = +.13 p < .01 average priority at T 1,2,3 for altruistic goals O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d Beta = -.12 p < .01 average priority at T 1,2,3 for success goals

Beta's controlled for
-average priority for alternative life-goals
-internal locus of control
-life satisfaction at T1 (1990)
-partner in 2004
-years of education
-disposable income
-health disability