Correlational finding on Happiness and Attitude to community
Subject code: L17ac01

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 community
Page in Source 132,134
Our classificationAttitude to community, code L17ac01
Operationalization
Index of:
Satisfaction with friendships and social bonds:
- the number of good ,close friends you have
- the people you see socially
- the religious fulfillment in your life
- how much you help people or groups in this community
Satisfaction with where you live, :
- your house/ apartment
- the neighborhood you live in
- the community you live in.

Assessed on a 1-7 scale: 1 delighted...7 terrible
Observed distributionN=119 M=2,53 SD=,96
Error Estimatesalpha=.87
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=+.43 p < .05
T1 life satisfaction and T1 satisfaction with 
community
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-ar=+.34 p < .05
T1 satisfaction with community and T3 life 
satisfaction
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-ar=+.36 p < .05
T1 life satisfaction and T3 satisfaction with 
community
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-ar=+.41 p < .05
T3 life satisfaction and T3 satisfaction with 
community


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