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Correlational findings

Study Diener et al. (2012): study US 1991

Public:
College students, USA, followed 7 weeks 1991-1992
Survey name:
Unnamed study
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 222
Non Response:
8
Assessment:
Diary
Respondents completed end-of-the-day reports each evening for 52 days, in which they reported their satisfaction with the day, the frequency of specific emotions and interest that day, and the amount of physical pleasure they experienced that day.

Correlate

Authors's Label
Pleasure/pain balance
Our Classification
Related specification variables
Operationalization
Self report on several questions
How often in your life do you experience ..
A: Pleasant feelings, such as when
     - eating
     - having sex
     - listening music
     - dancing
     - drinking alcohol
     - touch
     - seeing beaity
B: Unpleasant feelings such as
     - thirst
     -  hunger
     -  being hot of cold
     - fatigue
     - illness
     - pain
Rated
1: never
:
7: always

Computation: A - B

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks M-DS-cd-sqr-?-7-a r = +.66 p < .001 Pleasant feelings M-DS-cd-sqr-?-7-a Beta = +.47 p < .001 M-DS-cd-sqr-?-7-a r = -.19 p < .01 Unpleasant feelings M-DS-cd-sqr-?-7-a Beta = -.02 p < .001 M-DS-cd-sqr-?-7-a r = +.22 p < .01 Pleasure/pain balance M-DS-cd-sqr-?-7-a Beta = -.03 ns Betas controled for:
- purpose in life
- interested

Similar among males and females