Correlational findings

Study Headey & Veenhoven (1989): study AU AU Victoria 1981

18-65 aged, general public, followed 6 years, Melbourne, Australia, 1981-87
N = 649
Non Response:
Attrition T1-T4: 31%
Interview: face-to-face


Authors's label
Earlier life-events
Our Classification
Earlier net life-events scored on the standard life events inventory. (Henderson 1981).

Measure A: favorable events weighted +1 and negative events -1.
Measure B: Weighting was based on the Ss' own ratings on a 0-10 point scale. 1: extremely distressing ..
10: extremely satisfying.

Assessed over (T2-T3) and (T3-T4)

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-DT-u-sqt-v-10-a Beta-L = +.22 p < .05 Measure A: Estimated  causal EFFECT ON LATER HAPPINESS of earlier life-events (bottum-up).

Happiness T3 and T4, Life events T2-T3 and T3-T4.

O-DT-u-sqt-v-10-a Beta-L = +.18 p < .05 Estimated  causal EFFECT OF EARLIER HAPPINESS on later life-events (top-down).
Happiness assessed at T3, Life-events T3-T4.

BL is the path-coefficient in a four wave LISREL model. T1 sex, age, SES, extraversion and neuroticism are controlled.