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Correlational findings

Study Schulz & Decker (1985): study US 1985

Public:
40+ aged, spinal-cord-injured, non-institutionalised, Portland Oregon, USA, 198?
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 100
Non Response:
4%
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Structured interview, partly by telephone

Correlate

Authors's label
Disabled
Our Classification
Operationalization
1 Disabled:
  40+ aged spinal cord-injured with
  paraplegia or quadriplegia (complete
  and incomplete) in stable disease
  state. Non-institutionalized, most
  married. Average time since injury
  20 years.
0 Normals:
  18+ aged USA (Data BERKM 1971)

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks A-BB-u-mq-v-3-a DM = - Disabled: M = 3,23   Mt'= 5.0
Normals : M = 3.96   Mt'= 5.4

The distribution of happiness (affect) is similar in both groups, but the frequencies in the most happy range are smaller among the handicapped.
The authors presented happiness on scale 1-7 with 1 denoting the highest happiness level, while in the WDH 1 marks the lowest level of happiness. Hence the scores were reversed by the WDH-team and the M presented above was calculated accordingly from the frequency distribution on table 1
Ms' 0 unhappy- 10 happy