Correlational finding on Happiness and Satisfaction with leisure activities
Subject code: L03ad03b

StudyHoopes & Lounsbury (1989): study US 1985
TitleAn Investigation of Life Satisfaction Following a Vacation: A Domain Specific Approach.
SourceJournal of Community Psychology, 1989, Vol. 17, 129 - 140
URLhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/1520-6629(198904)17:2%3C129::AID-JCOP2290170205%3E3.0.CO;2-5/pdf
PublicWorking adults, USA, before and after vacation, 198?,
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
Non-Response23
Respondents N =129

Correlate
Author's labelSatisfaction with nature
Page in Source 132, 134
Our classificationSatisfaction with leisure activities, code L03ad03b
Operationalization
Self report on satisfaction with:
- outdoor places you can go in your spare time round 
here
- nearby places you can go in your spare time around 
here
- the condition of the natural environment around here 
- the air, land, and water in this area
Assessed on a 1-7 scale:1 delighted...7 terrible
Observed distributionN=121 M=2,27 SD=.86
Error Estimatesalpha =.84
Remarks
Assessed for three periods:
T1: 1 or 2 weeks before vacation
T2: during vacation (retrospectively at T3)
T3: the week after vacation

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-ar=+.19 ns
T1 Life satisfaction by T1 satisfaction with  with 
nature
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-ar=+.28 p < .05
T3 Life satisfaction by T3 Satisfaction with 
nature
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-ar=+.11 ns
T1 Satisfaction with nature by T3 Life 
satisfaction
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-ar=+.26 p < .05
T1 Life satisfaction by T3 Satisfaction with 
nature


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-aSelfreport on single question:

How do you feel about your life as a whole.....?
7 delighted
6 pleased
5 mostly satisfied
4 mixed
3 mostly dissatisfied
2 unhappy
1 terrible

Name: Andrews & Withey's `Delighted-Terrible Scale' (original version)


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
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]

Meaning:
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.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl