Correlational findings

Study Andrews & Withey (1976): study US 1973 /1

18+ aged, general public, USA, 1973/7
N = 222
Non Response:
Interview: face-to-face
Using highly structured questionnaires.


Authors's label
Perceived overall life quality compared to compatriots
Our Classification
Closed question: "If all the adults in the United States were represented by cards - one person per card - and if you were sorting everyone into seven piles ordered from those who had the best kind of life to those who had the worst kind of life, some people would have to fall in the middle pile. We have drawn a line to represent the height of the pile of cards, representing people in the middle group. Draw lines up from each of the other six points to show about how many people you think would be in the other piles. Just make your best guess. Draw a circle around the letter under the pile in which you would put your own life."
On the bases of the responses two measures were derived.
a category selected as the one "in
   which you would put your own life"
b decile position, as calculated from
   respondent's perceived position
   within the distribution he gave

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-DT-u-sq-v-7-a mr = +.33 O-DT asked thrice during the interview:  
at the beginning, in the middle and at the end.
Measure a: (score)
O-DT asked first : r=+.40
O-DT asked second: r=+.30
HAP 4.1 asked third : r=+.30
M-AO-u-sq-f-7-a r = +.40 Measure a: (score) C-BW-cy-sq-l-9-a r = +.20 Measure a: (score) O-GBB-u-sq-c-9-a r = +.30 Measure a: (score) O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aa r = -.40 Measure a: (score) O-HV-u-sq-v-7-b r = +.40 Measure a: (score) A-BB-cm-mq-v-2-a r = +.30 Measure a: (score)
Index of positive affects: r=-.30
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-a mr = +.27 Measure b: (decile position)
O-DT asked first : r=+.30
O-DT asked second: r=+.20
O-DT asked third : r=+.30
M-AO-u-sq-f-7-a r = +.30 Measure b: (decile position) C-BW-cy-sq-l-9-a r = +.20 Measure b: (decile position) O-GBB-u-sq-c-9-a r = +.20 Measure b: (decile position) O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aa r = -.30 Measure b: (decile position) O-HV-u-sq-v-7-b r = +.30 Measure b: (decile position) A-BB-cm-mq-v-2-a r = +.20 Measure b: (decile position)
Index of negative affects: r=+.10