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Correlational findings

Study Bachman et al. (1978): study US 1966

Public:
Public highschool boys followed 8 years from grade 10, USA, 1966-74
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 1628
Non Response:
2.8% at T1, 17.2% at T2, 21.0% at T3, 28.9% at T4, 28.5% at T5
Assessment:
Multiple methods
Interviews, tests and questionnaires

Correlate

Authors's label
Trust in government
Our Classification
Operationalization
3-item index of closed questions measuring the extent to which the respondent trusted the government not to waste money, to do what is right, and to be run by capable people. Scale:
1.00 = low to 5.00 = high trust. Assessed at T1, T2, T3, T4 and T5

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-HP-g-mq-v-5-a tau = + s             Trust in government
Happiness   T1     T2     T3     T4     T5
T1        +.23   +.19   +.15   +.19   +.10 (01)
T2        +.21   +.24   +.20   +.23   +.14
T3        +.18   +.22   +.26   +.22   +.14
T4        +.17   +.19   +.21   +.23   +.17
All tau's significant with p < .001, unless indicated otherwise
T1:1966, T2:1968, T3:1969, T4:1970, T5:1974