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

StudyTissue (1972): study US 1969
TitleAnother Look at Self-Rated Health among the Elderly.
SourceJournal of Gerontology, 1972, Vol. 27, 91 - 94
PublicAged persons, welfare recipients, USA, 1969
Respondents N =256

Author's labelSelf-perceived health
Page in Source 92
Our classificationGlobal health rating, code H14ab02a
Question: poor / fair / good

Observed Relation with Happiness
O-H?-?-sq-v-3-aG=+.17 ns
A-BB-cm-mq-v-2-aG=+.45 p < . 001
C-RG-u-sq-v-3-aG=+.20 ns

Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
A-BB-cm-mq-v-2-aSelfreport on 10 questions:

During the past few weeks, did you ever feel ....? (yes/no)
A Particularly exited or interested in something?
B So restless that you couldn't sit long in a chair?
C Proud because someone complimented you on something
you had done?
D Very lonely or remote from other people?
E Pleased about having accomplished something?
F Bored?
G On top of the world?
H Depressed or very unhappy?
I That things were going your way?
J Upset because someone criticized you?

Answer options and scoring:
yes = 1
no = 0
-Positive Affect Score (PAS): A+C+E+G+I
-Negative Affect Score (NAS): B+D+F+H+J
-Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS minus NAS
Possible range: -5 to +5

Name: Bradburn's 'Affect Balance Scale' (standard version)
C-RG-u-sq-v-3-aSelfreport on single question:

".....achievement of own life goals"
(Full question not reported)
3 most
2 some
1 few
O-H?-?-sq-v-3-aSelfreport on single question:

" ......happy ..... " (full text not reported)
3 very happy
2 pretty happy
1 not too happy

Appendix 2: Statistics used
Type: test statistic
Measurement level: Correlate: ordinal, Happinessl: ordinal
Range: [-1; +1]

G = 0 no rank correlation
G = +1 strongest possible rank correlation, where high correlate values correspond to high happiness ratings.
G = -1 strongest possible rank correlation, where high correlate values correspond with low happiness ratings.
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.