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Correlational findings

Study Watson & Slack (1993): study US Texas 1984

Public
University personnel, United States, followed 4 years, 1984-1988
Survey name
Unnamed study
Sample
Respondents
N =
Non Response
21.9%
Assessment
Multiple assesment methods
self reports on questionnaires and rating by experts

Correlate

Authors's Label
Substantive complexity
Our Classification
Error Estimates
Interrater reliabilities = 0.90
Remarks
Dictionary of Job Titles (U.S. Department of Labor, 1977), Reiss, 1961
Distribution
M = 5.9; SD = 1.65
Operationalization
Interviewer rating on substantive complexity of occupation:
-Does this occupation require more complex handling of data, greater verbal and/or numerical aptitude, a higher education level, and involve more abstract and creative activities?

Two independent raters read brief job description from each employee, placed him or her into the appropriate occupational category and assigned the corresponding ratings.

Scored: 0-10

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks A-AB-g-mq-v-2-a r = + T1 happiness by T4 job complexity (27 months later):

positive affect: r = +.12 (ns)
negative affect: r = -.01 (ns)

Correlation with affect balance not reported, but must be positive, significance undetermined.
A-AB-g-mq-v-2-a r = + T2 happiness by T4 job complexity:

positive affect: r = +.12 (ns)
negative affect: r = -.04 (ns)

Correlation with affect balance not reported, but must be positive, significance undetermined.