Correlational findings

Study Bachman et al. (1970): study US 1966

Public highschool boys followed 3 years from grade 10, USA, 1966-69
Survey name
Unnamed study
N = 1799
Non Response
2.8% incomplete information in 1966
Multiple assesment methods
Interviews, test, teacher ratings.


Authors's Label
Ambitious job attitude
Our Classification
13-item index of closed questions indi- cating preferences for "a job that doesn't bug me" (no one to boss me, don't have to work too hard, not much responsibility, high prestige, etc.) and preference for "a job that pays off" (learning new things, good chances for getting ahead, good pay, using one's skills, etc.).

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-HP-g-mq-v-5-a r = +.16 p < .001 Both variables assessed at T1.
Preference for "a job that pays off" was related to happiness          : r = +.21 (001)
Preference for "a job that doesn't bug me" was unrelated to happiness: r = -.05 (ns)