Correlational finding on Happiness and Earlier sexual behavior
Subject code: S03aa01a

StudyElse-Quest et al. (2005): study US 1992
TitleContext Counts: Long-Term Sequelae of Premarital Intercourse of Abstinence.
SourceJournal of Sex Research, 2005, Vol. 42, 102 - 112
Public18-59 aged, USA, 1992
SampleProbability sample (unspecified)
Non-Response21.4 %
Respondents N =3425

Correlate
Author's labelAge at first sex
Page in Source 16
Our classificationEarlier sexual behavior, code S03aa01a
Operationalization
Age at first vaginal intercourse
1: Early (males before 15, females before 16)
2: Average (males 16-18, females 17-19)
3: Late (males after age 19, females after age 20)
Remarks
Subset reporting coerced first intercourse excluded 
(N=618).

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-HL-cy-sq-v-5-aDMa=+
All
1: Early   Ma = 3,50 (SD = 1,02)
2: Average Ma = 3,65 (SD = 0,96)
3: Late    Ma = 3,65 (SD = 0,91)
O-HL-cy-sq-v-5-aBMCT= p < .05
1<3,2
O-HL-cy-sq-v-5-aDMa=
Males
1: Early   Ma = 3,50 (SD = 0,96)
2: Average Ma = 3,71 (SD = 0,94)
3: Late    Ma = 3,66 (SD = 0,91)
O-HL-cy-sq-v-5-aBMCT= p < .05
1<3
O-HL-cy-sq-v-5-aDMa=+ ns
Females
1: Early   Ma = 3,50 (SD = 1,06)
2: Average Ma = 3,60 (SD = 0,98)
3: Late    Ma = 3,63 (SD = 0,92)
O-HL-cy-sq-v-5-aBMCT= ns
O-HL-cy-sq-v-5-a
Ma's controlled for:
- age
- education
- use of alcohol


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-HL-cy-sq-v-5-aSelfreport on single question:

Generally, how happy have you been with your personal life during the past 12 month?
1 unhappy most of the time
2 sometimes fairly unhappy
3 generally satisfied, pleased
4 very happy most of the time
5 extremely happy


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
BMCTBONFERRONI's MULTIPLE COMPARISON TEST
Type: statistical procedure

Measurement level: Correlate: nominal, Happiness: metric

Meaning: if the correlate is measured at c levels, the c mean happiness values can be ranked from low to high. A multiple comparison procedure judges for each of the c(c-1) pairs whether or not they differ significantly. A convenient way to represent the results is by ranking the c means and by underlining them in such a way that means which have a common underlining do NOT differ significantly.

When added by us, this test is performed at the 95% confidence level for all the differences together.
DMaDIFFERENCE IN ADJUSTED MEANS, See also Ma
Type: test statistic
Computed in Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA) or in multiple classification analysis (MCA)
Seldom used in happiness research. See excerpted report for further reference.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl