Correlational findings

Study French et al. (1995): study CA Ontario 1990

Elderly people, Ontario, Canada, 1990
Survey name:
Unnamed study
N = 268
Non Response:
Interview: face-to-face
Interviews were realized by one of four female interviewers for two 1-2 hour sessions (separated by not more than seven days)


Authors's label
frequency life event
Our Classification
Self-report on ?? questions about life events in the past 6 months
A whether this had happened, and if so
B degree of adjustment
C desirable vs. undesirable
D controllable vs.uncontrollable
E expected vs. unexpected

Life Events:
a: hospitalization (overnight)
b: major improvement in your health
c: starting a new job
d: move to an old age or nursing home
e: change in closeness of family members
f: major achievement by a family member
g: gain of a new member of household
   a) child
   b) grandchild
   c) other relative
   d) non-relative

h: separation from spouse due to hospitalization
i) major change in the number of arguments with your children
j: child or grandchild moving away
k: change in the marital status of a child or grandchild:
   a) marriage
   b) divorce
   c) remarriage

l: a change in church activities
m: problem with a lady friend or gentleman friend
n: giving up driving a car
o: reaching age 65
p: Christmas
r: sold major possessions
s: relinquished financial responsibility

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks A-AB-cm-mq-v-2-a r = +.12 ns Males A-AB-cm-mq-v-2-a r = +.00 ns Females A-AB-cm-mq-v-2-a r = Splitt-up by kind of event:
- Positive events:     Males     Females
-expected            +.22(05)  +.14(ns)
-desirable           +.19(05)  +.16(ns)       
-controllable        +.08(ns)  +.11(ns)
-expected-desirable  +.25(01)  +.20(05)   
-expected-con.       +.21(05)  +.18(05)
-desirable-con.      +.14(ns)  +.19(05)
-exp-des-con         +.24(01)  +.21(01)
- Negative events
  - unexpected        -.04(ns)  -.13(ns)
  - undesirable       -.03(ns)  -.21(01)
  - uncontrollable    -.10(ns)  -.09(ns)
  - ue-ud             -.13(ns)  -.17(05)
  - ue-uc             -.01(ns)  -.11(ns)
  - ud-uc             -.04(ns)  -.16(ns)
  - unexp-undes-uncon -.06(ns)  -.12(ns)