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Correlational findings

Study Flavin et al. (2011): study ZZ Developed nations 2005

Public:
15+ aged, general public, 15 Industrialized Democracies, 2005-2009.
Survey name:
WVS: combined waves
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 10405
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Correlate

Authors's label
Health
Our Classification
Operationalization
Self-report on single question:
"All in all, how would you describe your state of health these days? Would you say it is very good, good, fair, poor, or very poor?" (healthier coded higher)

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a b = +.71 p < .01 INDIVIDUAL happiness by individual's self-perceived health

B controlled for:
-National characteristics
  -Size of the state
  -GDP
  -Unemployment rate
  -Individualism
-Individual characteristics  
  -Income
  -Education
  -Female
  -Age
  -Married
  -Unemployed
  -Church attendance
  -Trust in others
  -Religion

Controlled for tax revenue as a measure of the size of the state, same results if controlled for government share of GDP, social wage, or social welfare expenditures.