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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
Interest in government
Our Classification
Operationalization
Simple direct question at T1, T2, T3, T4 and T5: 'Some people think about what's going on in government very often, and others are not that interested. How much of an interest do you take in government and current events?' 1 = no interest at all;
2 = very little interest; 3 = some interest; 4 = a lot of interest;
5 = a very great interest

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-HP-g-mq-v-5-a tau = +        Interest in government
              Political concern
     T1      T2       T3       T4       T5
Happiness
T1 .15(001) .11(01)  .10(01)  .10(01)  .06(ns)
T2 .08(05)  .14(001) .14(001) .13(001) .10(01)
T3 .09(05)  .11(01)  .12(001) .13(001) .11(01)
T4 .08(05)  .10(01)  .09(05)  .13(001) .09(01)
All tau's positive
T1:1966, T2:1968, T3: 1969, T4:1970, T5:1974