Correlational findings

Study Verme (2008): study ZZ World samples 1981

18+ aged, general public, 74 countries, 1981-2004
Survey name
INT-WorldValuesSurv 1-5
N = 267870
Non Response
Interview: face-to-face


Authors's Label
Importance of family
Our Classification
Scale of responses are assumed to be recoded such that higher values means that family is more important to the respondent.
Self-report on a single question that asks whether family is important in life. Responses are on a scale of 1 (not at all important) to 4 (very important).

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a OLRC = +.35 p < .001 INDIVIDUAL happiness by INDIVIDUAL importance of family

In pooled data set:
OLRC controls for:
- individual characteristics
   -income (rank and squared rank)
   -age (and age squared)
   -tertiary education
    -about cheating on taxes
    -trust in people
    -trust in institutions
    -importance of family
    -importance of work
    -importance of religion
    -importance of politics
-national characteristics
-GDP (and GDP squared)
-employment rate (and squared)
-year fixed effects
O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a b = + Separately in 74 nations.
Significantly positive in 23 nations.
Significantly negative in 2 nations.
Not significant in other nations.