Correlational findings

Study Molnar (1985): study US 1981

Farm operators, Alabama, USA, 1981
N = 705
Non Response:
Questionnaire: paper
Mailed questionnaire


Authors's label
Commitment to farming
Our Classification
3-item index. The respondents were asked how they felt about the following statements:
A: . If I had a son growing up at    present, I would like to see him    become a farmer.
B: . Even if his income has dropped to a  low point, a farmer should try to  stick it out so his children can grow up on a farm.
C: . Being my own boss is one of the major reasons I enjoy farming.

Rated on 5-point scales ranging from 'strongly disagree' to 'strongly agree'.

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks C-BW-cy-sq-l-9-a r = +.26 p < .05 C-BW-cy-sq-l-9-a Beta = +.24 p < .05 ß controlled for:
- gross farm sales
- percent farm income
- total family income
- off-farm work days
- wife's work status
- growth plans
- land operated
- economic constraints
- self-definition
- age
- education

When specified for size of farm:
-small   ß=+.23
-medium  ß=+.26
-large   ß=+.20