Correlational findings

Study Yucel & Minnotte (2017): study US 2007

Working population, USA, 2007 - 2008
Survey name
Unnamed study
N = 2594
Non Response
Interview: Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI)


Authors's Label
Poor mental health
Our Classification
WDH team recoded again, so higher scores correspond to higher levels of self perceived mental health
Mean = 0,001
SD =    0,69
measured using a seven-item scale that has been used in prior research (e.g., Beutell 2013). Respondents were asked how often in the last month they had experienced the following: “a) been bothered by minor health problems such as headaches, insomnia, or stomach upsets? b) had trouble sleeping to the point that it affected your performance on and off the job? c) felt nervous and stressed? d) felt that you were unable to control the important things in your life? e) felt that difficulties were piling up so high that you could not overcome them? f) been bothered by feeling down, depressed, or hopeless? and g) been bothered by little interest or pleasure in doing things.” Response categories to the first five questions ranged from 1 = never to 5 = very often, and the last two questions were dummy variables (1 = yes, 0 = no). All seven items were first standardized and averaged to create an index, with higher scores indicating worse mental health.

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-c-sq-v-4-q r = + p < .001 r = +0,54

(sign reversed by WDH)
O-SLW-c-sq-v-4-q b = + p < .001 b = +0,375

(sign reversed by WDH)

adjusted for organizational support, supervisor support, coworker support, family support,  children in the household, gender, family income, work hours, education, race, age, relationship status, poor mental health status and its interactions with support of organisation, supervisor and coworkers