Correlational findings

Study Dittmann & Goebel (2010): study DE 2004

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


Authors's Label
Close contact with neighbours
Our Classification
Related specification variables
How close is your contact with your neighbours here in the building or in this area in general?
1: No contact at all
2: Only fleeting
3: Average
4: Close
5: Very close

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d b = +.12 p < .01 IN WEST-GERMANY O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d b = -.01 ns IN EAST-GERMANY

B's controlled for:
- neighbourhood characteristics
  a) perceived local safety
  b) urbanization
  c) visits to/from neighbours
  d) rate of removal
  e) neighbourhood status
- 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.