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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
Relative income
Our Classification
Operationalization
1: <50% of median household weekly income in neighbourhood
2: >200% of median household weekly income in neighbourhood
3: 50%-200% of median household weekly income in neighbourhood (reference)

A neighbourhood consists of approximately 250 households on average who live
in close proximity to each other.

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-u-sq-n-11-d OPRC = -.13 ns < 50% OF MEDIAN HH INCOME IN NEIGHBOURHOOD (vs 50%-200% of median household weekly income in neighbourhood)
Males
O-SLW-u-sq-n-11-d OPRC = -.08 ns Females O-SLW-u-sq-n-11-d OPRC = +.05 ns > 200% OF MEDIAN HH INCOME IN NEIGHBOURHOOD (vs 50%-200% of median household weekly income in neighbourhood)
Males
O-SLW-u-sq-n-11-d OPRC = +.09 p < .1 Females

OPRC's controlled for:
- region in Australia
- remoteness of place of residence
- 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) local disamenity
  h) rate of people over 64 years
  i) insecurity
- 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