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Correlational findings

Study McNamara & St.George (1978): study US 1971

Public:
18+ aged, general public, USA, 1971
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 2164
Non Response:
20%
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Highly structured, at home

Correlate

Authors's label
Religiosity
Our Classification
Operationalization
Religiosity index consisting of 3 closed questions:
1 In general, how religious-minded
  would you say you are? (very, more
  than average, less than average)
2 How important to you is having a
  strong religious faith? (5-point
  scale, extremely important to not at
  all important)
3 State how much satisfaction you get
  from your religion? (5-point scale,
  great deal to little or none)
The points of the 3 scales were added.
high     religiosity: 3-5
moderate religiosity: 6-8
low      religiosity: 9 and over

Gammas were calculated by comparing
the high religiosity group (1) with the
low religiosity group(0)

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aa G = +.27 p < .01 LIFE CYCLE    
never married,age under 30      G'=+.30      01
never married, age over 30         +.44      01
widowed                            +.30      01
divorced / separated               +.09      ns
married, youngest child under 6    +.38      01
married, youngest child over 6     +.23      01
married, no children under 18      +.35      01
married, age under 30, no children +.35      01
married, age over 30, no children  +.43      01

RACE
white                              +.28      01
black                              +.20      01

FAMILY INCOME
  0    -$ 4999                     +.33      01
$ 5000 -$ 9999                     +.31      01
$10000 -$16999                     +.32      01
over    $17000                     +.34      01

SCHOOLING
elementary only                    +.03      ns
grades 9-11                        +.52      01
high school graduate               +.31      01
some college                       +.17      01
college graduate                   +.53      01
post graduate                      +.38      01

LIVING AREA
central cities of 12 largest              Metropolitan Areas                 +.42      01
suburbs within 12 largest
  Meropolitan Areas                +.14      01
cities over 100.000 not incl.12
  largest Metropolitan Areas       -.08      ns
cities 10.000 to 100.000
  excluding suburbs above          +.34      01
places 2.500- 10.000               +.22      01
rural places less than 2.500 in
  Metropolitan Area                +.22      01
rural places not in Metropolitan
  Area  but adjacent               +.14      01
rural places not in Metropolitan
  Area, outlying                   +.57      01