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Correlational findings

Study Dobson (1985): study US 1964

Public:
50+ aged males, fulltime employed at T1, followed ten years, Iowa, USA, 1964-74
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 1870
Non Response:
T1 refusals: 8% T1-T2 drop-out: 29%, of which 20% deceased
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Correlate

Authors's label
General sense of well-being
Our Classification
Operationalization
Single direct question:
"How do you feel things have worked out for you generally?
4. very well
3. fairly well
2. not very well
1. not at all well           (CON 1.1)

Assessed at T1 and T2 (10 yr interval)

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks M-CO-h-sq-v-4-a r = +.39 p < .001                 T2      T2      T2
                very    fairly  not

T1: very         71%     32%     23%
T1: fairly       28%     65%     62%
T1: not           1%      3%     15%

T1: M=3.52  SD= 0.54  Mt'=8.40
T2: M=3.53  SD=0.55   Mt'=8.43

About one-third changed their estimate of well-being. The average remained the same.