Correlational finding on Happiness and Concern about spending
Subject code: C09ab02c

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
PublicWorking adults, USA, before and after vacation, 198?,
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
Respondents N =129

Author's labelSatisfaction with money during vacation
Page in Source 132,133,134
Our classificationConcern about spending, code C09ab02c
Self report of feelings about the amount of money spent 
during vacation

Assessed on a 1-5 scale
Observed distributionN=119 M=1,15 SD=.33
Error Estimatesalpha = .86
Assessed at T2 during vacation (retrospectively at T3)

Observed Relation with Happiness
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-ar=+.10 ns
T1 life satisfaction (before vacation) by T2 
Satisfaction with money (during vacation)
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-ar=+.11 ns
T2 Satisfaction with money (during vacation) by T3 
life satisfaction (after vacation)

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
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.