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Correlational findings

Study Boelhouwer (2010): study NL 1977

Public:
18+ aged, general public, The Netherlands, 1977-2006
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 54299
Non Response:
Assessment:

Correlate

Authors's label
Life situation Index
Our Classification
Operationalization
Selfreport on questions about:
A Housing
- type of ownership (1 tenant, 2 owner)
- type of building (1 detached single family dwelling, 2
attached single family dwelling, 3 appartment)
- number of rooms
- area of living room
- scary spot in neighbourhood
- year of construction
B Health
- number of psychosomatic symptons
- number of 8 serious illnesses
- number of other illnesses
C Purchasing power/consumer durables
- number of household appliances
- number of hobby articles
D Leisure activities
- number of hobbies
- number of non-domestic entertainment activities
- organizational membership
E Mobility
- car ownership
- season ticket railway
F Social participation
- active contribution to activities of organization
- volunteer work
- social isolation (scale)
G Sport activity
- number of times sporting a week
- number of sports
H Vacation
- vacation in past year
- vacation to a foreign country
- number of vaction articles

Computation: weighted summation using component loadings in
catagories.

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-HP-u-sq-v-5-a b = +.19 p < .01 Gain on index over 29 years:
              1977      2006
-Very happy   98        109
-Unhappy      81        90
(100= mean of 1997)

The scores on the life situation index for the very unhappy persons increased from 81 in 1977 to 90 in 2006 and for the very happy persons from 98 in 1977 to 109 in 2006.
O-HP-u-sq-v-5-a b = +.17 p < .01 B controlled for background features:
-Gender
-Education
-Employment
-Age
-City
-Household composition
-Ethnicity
-Income
O-HP-u-sq-v-5-a b = +.04 p < .01 B controlled for satisfaction with:
-Health
-Home
-Residential environment
-Friends and acquaintances
-Social position
-Education
-Financial resources
-Dutch society
-Government
O-HP-u-sq-v-5-a b = +.01 p < .01 B controlled for both background features and domain satisfactions.