Correlational findings

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

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


Authors's label
Preference for 'a job that doesn't bug me'
Our Classification
7-item index of closed questions indicating preference for: no one to boss me, don't have to work too hard, clean job, not a lot of responsability, lot of free time, high prestige, not learning a lot of new things.
Scale: 1.00 = low to 4.00 = high importance for a job that doesn't bug me. 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 = -      Preference for 'a job that doesn't bug me'
        T1      T2      T3      T4      T5
T1    -.08    -.10    -.08    -.04 ns -.05 ns
T2    -.08    -.15    -.13    -.13    -.09 ns
T3    -.08    -.12    -.18    -.14    -.12
T4    -.06 ns -.10    -.15    -.18    -.15
All tau's significant, unless indicated otherwise
T1:1966, T2:1968, T3:1969, T4:1970, T5:1974