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Correlational findings

Study Bachman et al. (1978): study US 1966 /1

Public:
Public highschool boys followed 8 years from grade 10, USA, 1966-74
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 2213
Non Response:
2.8% at T1, 17.2% at T2, 21.0% at T3, 28.9% at T4, 28.5% at T5
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Interviews, tests and questionnaires

Correlate

Authors's label
Interest in government
Our Classification
Operationalization
Simple direct question at T1, T2, T3, T4 and T5: 'Some people think about what's going on in government very often, and others are not that
interested. How much of an interest do you take in government and current
events?' 1 = no interest at all;
2 = very little interest; 3 = some
interest; 4 = a lot of interest;
5 = a very great interest

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-HP-g-mq-v-5-a tau = +        Interest in government
    T1       T2       T3       T4       T5
Happiness
T1 .15(001) .11(01)  .10(01)  .10(01)  .06(ns) T2 .08(05)  .14(001) .14(001) .13(001) .10(01)
T3 .09(05)  .11(01)  .12(001) .13(001) .11(01)
T4 .08(05)  .10(01)  .09(05)  .13(001) .09(01)
All tau's positive
T1:1966, T2:1968, T3: 1969, T4:1970, T5:1974