Correlational finding on Happiness and Literacy
Subject code: E01ab04

StudyMoller (2007a): study ZA 2002
TitleSatisfied and Dissatisfied South Africans: Results From The General Household Survey in the International Comparison.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 2007, Vol. 81, 389 - 415
DOIDOI:10.1007/s11205-006-9004-3
PublicAdults, general public, South Africa, 2002
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
Non-Response
Respondents N =26000

Correlate
Author's labelCannot read or write
Page in Source 400-2
Our classificationLiteracy, code E01ab04
Operationalization
a:Cannot read  (vs not)
b:Cannot write (vs not)
Observed distributiona:15%, b:16%

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-SLu-g-sq-n-11-cD%=-
Cannot read
% happy   50  (sample mean 52%)
% unhappy 39  (sample mean 36%)

Happiness of Ss with can read not reported.
O-SLu-g-sq-n-11-cD%=-
Cannot write
% happy   50  (sample mean 52%)
% unhappy 39  (sample mean 36%)

Happiness of Ss with can write not reported.


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-SLu-g-sq-n-11-cSelfreport on single question:

How satisfied are you with your life in general?
10 completely satisfied
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
0 completely dissatisfied


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
D%DIFFERENCE in PERCENTAGES
Type: descriptive statistic only.
Measurement level: Correlate level: dichotomous, but nominal or ordinal theoretically possible as well. Happiness level: dichotomous
Range: [-100; +100]

Meaning: the difference of the percentages happy people at two correlate levels.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl