Correlational findings

Study Bradburn (1969): study US 1963

21-60 aged, urban areas, USA, 1963 - 64
N = 2787
Non Response:
± 20%, Attrition ± 30%
Interview: face-to-face
Repeated interviews at home using highly structured questionnaires


Authors's label
Change in employment
Our Classification
Change in employment over 10 months period.
Employment status assessed at:
T1: January 1963
T3: Oktober 1963

- Falling unemployed
  0 stayed employed
  1 fell unemployed

- Getting employed
  0 stayed unemployed
  1 got employed

- Staying unemployed
  0 stayed employed
  1 stayed unemployed

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks A-BB-cm-mq-v-2-a DMr = -.13 CHANGE in employment by CHANGE in happiness.
Happiness (Affect Balance) assessed at T1 and T3.

Change in happiness expressed in change in average ridits (RT).
- T1 employed, T3 employed       RT=.49
- T1 employed, T3 unemployed     RT=.36
- T1 unemployed, T3 employed     RT=.53
- T1 unemployed, T3 unemployed   RT=.48

Ridit analysis compares distribution in category with distribution in total sample. RT above .50 means relative increase, RT below .50 relative decrease.
A-BB-cm-mq-v-2-a DMr = +.05                  
A-BB-cm-mq-v-2-a DMr = +.01