Correlational findings

Study Wessman (1956): study US 1946

21+ aged, general public, USA, 1946
Survey name:
Gallup poll
N = 2377
Non Response:
Interview: face-to-face
Structured interview


Authors's label
Perceived major factor in people's Unhappiness
Our Classification
Open-ended question: "What one thing would you say makes people unhappy more than anything else?
0 Other factors
1 Factors mentioned

a: Lack of money, desire for money
b: Unhappy homelife, arguments, inlaws
c: Jealousy, suspicion, lack of understanding
d: Fear, worry, discontent
e: Selfishness, greed, bad character, or disposition
f: Sickness, poor health
g: Drinking, running around
h: Not getting along with neighbours and friends
i: Failure, lack of success, lack of security, idleness
j: Lack of religion, leaving out God, sin
k: No opinion

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-HL-g-sq-v-4-b G = -.13 p < .01 a: Lack of money O-HL-g-sq-v-4-b G = -.05 ns b: Unhappy homelife O-HL-g-sq-v-4-b G = +.28 p < .01 c: Jealousy, suspicion O-HL-g-sq-v-4-b G = +.02 ns d: Fear O-HL-g-sq-v-4-b G = +.15 p < .05 e: Selfishness O-HL-g-sq-v-4-b G = -.32 p < .01 f: Sickness O-HL-g-sq-v-4-b G = -.03 ns g: .Drinking O-HL-g-sq-v-4-b G = +.15 ns h: Not getting along O-HL-g-sq-v-4-b G = -.15 ns i: Failure O-HL-g-sq-v-4-b G = +.31 p < .01 j: Lack of religion O-HL-g-sq-v-4-b G = -.01 ns k: No opinion