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Correlational findings

Study Brickman et al. (1978): study US 1977

Public:
Lottery winners, paralyzed accident victims, and controls, Illinois USA, 1977
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 73
Non Response:
45.5%
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Structured, interview also by phone

Correlate

Authors's label
Having won a major lottery
Our Classification
Operationalization
Major lottery winners vs accident victims and controls.
1. Lottery winners: won $50.000 or more
   in Illinois State Lottery.
   N=22, non-response 48%.
2. Accident victims: 11 paraplegic and
   18 quadraplegic accident victims,
   drawn from the fulltime patient
   population of a rehabilitation
   institute.
   N=29, non-response 15%.
3. Controls: 22 individuals, living in
   approximately the same areas of the
   city as the lottery winners.
   N=22, non-reponse 41%.

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-HL-c-sq-n-6-c AoV = + Lottery winners:  M=4.00  Mt'=8.00
Accident victims: M=2.96  Mt'=5.92
Controls:         M=3.82  Mt'=7.64

Winners - control difference  ns
Winners - victim difference   s (p<.01)

Accident victims interviewed face-to-face; winners and controls interviewed by phone.
O-HL-c-sq-n-6-c DM = + Lottery winners:  M=4.00  Mt'=8.00
Accident victims: M=2.96  Mt'=5.92
Controls:         M=3.82  Mt'=7.64

Winners - control difference  ns
Winners - victim difference   s (p<.01)

Accident victims interviewed face-to-face; winners and controls interviewed by phone.