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Correlational findings

Study Shields et al. (2009): study AU 2001

Public:
15+ aged general public, Australia, 2001
Survey name:
AU-HILDA 2001
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 13903
Non Response:
34%
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Additionally self-completion questionnaires were used.

Correlate

Authors's label
Neighbourhood characteristic: local disamenity
Our Classification
Operationalization
To what frequency do you observe the following events to happen in your neighbourhood?
a) loud traffic noises
b) noises from airplanes, trains, or industry
e) homes and gardens in bad condition
f) rubbish and litter lying around
  
Rated:
1 never happens
:
5 very common

Combined to a 4-20 scale.

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-u-sq-n-11-d OPRC = +.01 ns O-SLW-u-sq-n-11-d OPRC = +.01 ns OPRC's controlled for:
- region in Australia
- remoteness of place of residence
- relative income
- neighbourhood characteristics
  a) rate of single parents
  b) unemployment rate
  c) rate of home owners
  d) rate of non-English speaking immigrants
  e) rate of employees working in a
     professional occupation
  f) social interaction and social support
  g) rate of people over 64 years old
  h) insecurity in the neighbourhood
- age and age squared
- marital status
- number of children
- number of adults in household
- being an Aborginal/Torres Strait Islander
- being an immigrant
- English speaking ability
- health
- education
- employment status
- household income
- house ownership
- religion
- frequency-preference of paying bills
- suspicious of interview questions
- others present during interview
- respondent was living with both parents  
  at age 14

OPRC is similar when controlling for:
- duration of living in residence
instead of:
- relative income