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 labelContext of first sexual experience
Page in Source 5, 17,18
Our classificationEarlier sexual behavior, code S03aa01a
Operationalization
Context of first sexual experience
0: Positive
1: Negative
The context is negative if any of the following 
criteria were met:
a In the first vaginal intercourse 
  - forced by the partner
  - was with a blood relative
  - paid to have sex
  - peer pressure
  - under influence of drugs or alcohol
b Had been touched sexually by an adult prior to 
puberty.

The definition of a negative context for women (but not 
men) also included situations in which the first 
intercourse was with: 
- someone they knew but not well
- someone they had just met
- a stranger
Observed distributionSee spreadsheet ELSEQ2005C7
Remarks
Totals on page 5 and 18 (Table 8) do not match. See 
also spreadsheet.

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-HL-cy-sq-v-5-aDMa=- ns
All
0: positive Ma = 3,66 (SD = 0,95) (N=2365)
1: negative Ma = 3,39 (SD = 1,02) (N= 819)
difference      -0,27
O-HL-cy-sq-v-5-aDMa=- ns
Males
0 positive Ma = 3,68 (SD = 0,93) (N=1145)
1 negative Ma = 3,39 (SD = 1,00) (N= 311)
difference     -0,29
O-HL-cy-sq-v-5-aDMa=- ns
Females
0 positive Ma = 3,64 (SD = 0,97) (N=1220)
1 negative Ma = 3,40 (SD = 1,04) (N= 508)
difference     -0,24
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
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