Correlational finding on Happiness and Satisfaction with multiple domains of life
Subject code: L04ad02

StudyHawkins & Booth (2005): study US 1980
TitleUnhappily Ever After: Effects of Long-Term, Low-Quality Marriages on Well-Being.
SourceSocial Forces, 2005, Vol. 84, 451 - 471
PublicCouples, USA, followed 12 years, 1980-1992
SampleProbability simple random sample
Respondents N =1150

Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in Source 458
Our classificationSatisfaction with multiple domains of life, code L04ad02
How much satisfaction do you get from ?

Six item summed scale that assesses how satisfied 
respondents are with their neighborhoods, jobs, homes, 
friends, leisure time and family.
Answers ranged from 1= non to 5= a great deal
Observed distributionM=23.84, SD=3.57, Range 6-30
Error EstimatesAlpha = .62
Assessed at T4 (1992)

Observed Relation with Happiness
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-adr=+.39 p < .001
T4 happiness by T4 summed domain satisfaction
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-adr=+.26 p < .001
T1 happiness (1980) by T4 summed domain 
satisfaction (12 years interval)

Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-adSelfreport on single question:

Taking all things together, how would you say you are these days? Would you say you are..........?
3 very happy
2 pretty happy
1 not too happy

Appendix 2: Statistics used
rPRODUCT-MOMENT CORRELATION COEFFICIENT (Also "Pearson's correlation coefficient' or simply 'correlation coefficient')
Type: test statistic.
Measurement level: Correlate: metric, Happiness: metric
Range: [-1; +1]

r = 0 no correlation ,
r = 1 perfect correlation, where high correlate values correspond with high happiness values, and
r = -1 perfect correlation, where high correlate values correspond with low happiness values.
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.