Correlational findings

Study Lounsbury et al. (1979): study US Tennessee 1975

Adults, general public, Hartsville/Trousdale County, Tennessee, USA, 1975
N = 288
Non Response
Interview: face-to-face
Highly structured


Authors's Label
Perceived effects ofnuclear plants new in town
Our Classification
Likelyhood scores: all happy unhappy
Ss were shown a list of 27 events that might accompany the construction or operation of a nuclear plant at five miles of the centre of the town. The likelyhood of these events was rated as a 7-point scale ranging from (1) 'certain' to (7) impossible'.

1. Social disruption: a.o. traffic    congestions, more bars, crowding in    schools, increasing noise, crime,    drugs problems, increasing taxes and    housing shortage.

2. Health hazards: a.o. radiation, and    air-pollution.

3. Increased business: a.o. more    stores, more public entertainment,    etc.

4. Outside attentions: a.o. public    recognition of the town and the town    becomes a tourist attraction.

5. Individual economic benefit: a.o.    increased land value, more jobs,    better paying jobs and better schools.

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks C-BW-c-sq-l-11-a r = -.02 ns 2.45     2.50      2.50

C-BW-c-sq-l-11-a r = +.10 ns 3.88     3.95      3.80

C-BW-c-sq-l-11-a r = -.01 ns 2.99     2.97      3.00

C-BW-c-sq-l-11-a r = -.05 ns 2.82     2.80      2.81

C-BW-c-sq-l-11-a r = +.05 ns 2.87     2.90      2.86