Correlational finding on Happiness and Global health rating
Subject code: H14ab02a

StudyHeinonen et al. (2004): study FI 1997
TitleIs the Evaluation of the Global Quality of Life Determined by Emotional Status?
SourceQuality of Life Research, 2004, Vol.13, 1347 - 1356
DOIDOI:10.1023/B:QURE.0000040788.12947.b9
Public25-65 aged, 5 regions, Finland, 1997
SampleProbability stratified sample
Non-Response36%
Respondents N =3838

Correlate
Author's labelPerceived physical health
Page in Source 1352-4
Our classificationGlobal health rating, code H14ab02a
Operationalization
Selfreport on single question:
What is your current health?
Rated from very poor (1) to very good (5)
Observed distributionMales: M = 3,55 SD = 0,8. Females: M = 3,69 SD =0,8
Remarks
Coding reversed (very good 5 instead of 1)

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-QLS-cm-sq-ol-101-ar=+.29 p < .01
FEMALES
O-QLS-cm-sq-ol-101-aBeta=+.34 p < .001
Beta controled for socio-demographics(step 1)
- age
- education
- employment
- marital status
O-QLS-cm-sq-ol-101-aBeta=+.27 p < .001
Beta additionally controled for functional 
well-being(step 2+3)
  - self rated physical condition
  - ability to perform daily activities (ADL)
O-QLS-cm-sq-ol-101-aBeta=-.08 p < .01
Beta additionally controled for: (step4+5+6)
- social well-being
  - social support
  - satisfaction with family
- satisfaction with life-achievements
- emotional wellbeing
  - depression
  - anxiety
O-QLS-cm-sq-ol-101-ar=+.35
MALES
O-QLS-cm-sq-ol-101-aBeta=+.31 p < .001
Beta controled for socio-demographics(step 1)
- age
- education
- employment
- marital status
O-QLS-cm-sq-ol-101-aBeta=+.22 p < .001
Beta additionally controled for functional 
well-being(step 2+3)
  - self rated physical condition
  - ability to perform daily activities (ADL)
O-QLS-cm-sq-ol-101-aBeta=-.09 p < .01
Beta additionally controled for: (step 4+5+6)
- social well-being
  - social support
  - satisfaction with family
- satisfaction with life-achievements
- emotional wellbeing
  - depression
  - anxiety


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-QLS-cm-sq-ol-101-aSelfreport on single question:

How would you estimate your quality of life as a whole during the last 4 weeks?
| 0
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| 100
Rated on 15 cm vertical open line


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
Beta STANDARDIZED REGRESSION COEFFICIENT by LEAST SQUARES (OLS)
Type: test statistic.

Measurement level: Correlates: all metric, Happiness: metric.
Range: [-1 ; +1]

Meaning:
beta > 0 a higher correlate level corresponds to a higher happiness rating on average.
beta < 0 a higher correlate level corresponds to a higher happiness rating on average.
beta = 0 no correlation.
beta = + 1 or -1 perfect correlation.
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