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Correlational findings

Study Dittmann & Goebel (2010): study DE 2004

Public:
17+ aged, general public, Germany, 2004
Survey name:
DE-SOEP 2004
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 22012
Non Response:
Assessment:
Multiple methods
Face-to-face interviews and statistical data on neighbourhoods

Correlate

Authors's label
Neighbourhood status
Our Classification
Operationalization
Socio-economic status of the neighbourhood is a nine-scale index based, inter alia, on the neighbourhood characteristics:
a) level of occupation
b) rate of self-employment
c) purchasing power
d) registered car

1: lowest status
2: considerably below the average
3: below the average
4: slightly below the average
5: average status (reference)
6: slightly above the average
7: above the average
8: considerably above the average
9: highest status

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d DM = - Lowest status:               M=6.5
Average status:              M=6.8
- difference:                  -.3
O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d DM = - Considerable below average:  M=6.7
Average status:              M=6.8
- difference:                  -.1
O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d DM = 0 Below average:               M=6.8
Average status:              M=6.8
- difference:                  0.0
O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d DM = 0 Slightly below average:      M=6.8
Average status:              M=6.8
- difference:                  0.0
O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d DM = + Slightly above average:      M=7.0
Average status:              M=6.8
- difference:                  +.2
O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d DM = + Above average:               M=7.0
Average status:              M=6.8
- difference:                  +.2
O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d DM = + Considerably above average:  M=7.0
Average status:              M=6.8
- difference:                  +.2
O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d DM = + Considerably above average:  M=7.0
Average status:              M=6.8
- difference:                  +.2
O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d DM = + Highest status:              M=7.2
Average status:              M=6.8
- difference:                  +.4
O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d b = +.04 p < .01 IN WEST-GERMANY O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d b = +.02 ns IN EAST-GERMANY

B's controlled for:
- neighbourhood characteristics
  a) perceived local safety
  b) urbanization
  c) social contact with neighbours
  d) rate of removal
- personal characteristics
  a) openness
  b) conscientiousness
  c) extraversion
  d) agreeableness
  e) neuroticism
  f) external locus of control
  g) internal locus of control
  h) status compared to others in neighbourhood
  i) gender
  j) nationality
  k) age and age squared
  l) household income
  m) education
  n) marital status
  o) mental health
  p) physical health
  q) having children

East-Germany is the former communist German Democratic Republic, which was reunited in 1990 with West-Germany.