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Correlational findings

Study Lee et al. (2002): study US 1997

Public
18+ aged, students, USA, 199?
Sample
Respondents
N = 298
Non Response
Assessment
Questionnaire: paper

Correlate

Authors's Label
Satisfaction with possessions
Our Classification
Remarks
Interview instructions: Note that persons might like owning something - a classic car or a piece of property - even though thay never use it. Or they might be pleased both to own and to use the thing. On these items, indicate only how you feel about owning the item, not how you feel using or consuming it. Respond only to the items you own.
Operationalization
Selfreport on 6 questions:

If you own any of the following items, please indicate the extent to which you are satisfied/dissatisied with possessing or owning them.

a. House or condominium
b. Consumer electronis (CD player, TV, VCR, computers, etc.)
c. Furniture and/or appliances
d. Private transportation (cars, trucks, motorcycles,and bicycles)
e. clothing accessories, and jewelry
f. Savings and investments

Rated:
1=awful
2=bad
3=unsatisfactory
4=neutral
5=satisfactory
6=good
7=wonderful
0=no opinion, missing value

Composite index is average of 6 formative single indicators.

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-DT-u-sq-v-7-a r = +.82 p < .01 O-DT-u-sq-v-7-a Beta = +.49 p < .01 Beta controlled for satisfaction with:
- job
- family
- finance
- health
- education
- friendships
- leisure
- neighbors
- community
- spiritual
- taxes
- environment
- political situation
- housing
- cultural life
- social life

Unaffected by additional control for satisfaction with:
- acquisitions
- consumption
- repair services
- do-it-yourself repairs
- disposition
(consumer well-being)