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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
Alcohol use
Our Classification
Operationalization
Simple direct question at T3, T4 and T5 asking respondent how often he has used alcoholic beverages (for other than medical purposes) during part or all of the last year. 1 = never; 2 = once or twice a year; 3 = 3 - 10 times a year; 4 = once or twice a month; 5 = once or twice a week; 6 = nearly every day

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-HP-g-mq-v-5-a tau = ns                    Alcohol use
                    T3        T4        T5
Happiness
T1          tau = -.05      -.04      -.04
T2          tau = -.00      -.02      -.03
T3          tau = -.02      -.04      -.02
T4          tau = +.01      -.06      -.05
All tau's not significant
T1:1966, T2:1968, T3:1969, T4:1970, T5:1974