Correlational finding on Happiness and Feminine value pattern
Subject code: V02ac02

StudyFerree (1980): study US 1974
TitleWorking Class Feminism: A Consideration of the Consequences of Employment.
SourceThe Sociological Quarterly, 1980, Vol. 21, 173 - 184
PublicMothers, USA, 1974-75
SampleProbability stratified sample
Non-Response25%
Respondents N =135

Correlate
Author's labelFeminist attitudes
Page in Source 176,181
Our classificationFeminine value pattern, code V02ac02
Operationalization
Index of 
A) beliefs about appropriate sex roles: were 
represented by a 7 item Likert scale. Items dealt with 
work and family issues, but not with the approriateness 
of employment per se.

B) Support for political and economic change:
2-item measure of endorsement of collective action as a 
strategy for change:
- 2 single items asking for endorsement of "efforts to 
change women's status" and of "women's 
liberation"specifically. 
- an 11 item subscale calling for judgements of whether 
specific changes endorsed by movement organizations 
would indeed improve womens's status. This subscale was 
weighted as a single item in computing the political 
feminism score.

C) Personal relevance: was addressed in a 4 item 
Guttman scale in which the respondent was asked how her 
life was affected by the movement and how personally 
important she felt it was to her.

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-SLL-c-sq-n-0-ar=- p < .05
For employed women (N=74)
Negatively related to all 3 measures of feminism

No relation among fulltime housewives (N =61).


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-SLL-c-sq-n-0-aSelfreport on single question:

"In general, how satisfying do you find the way you're spending your life these days.....?"

Rated on numerical scale
(steps and labels not reported)


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