Correlational finding on Happiness and Life-appraisals + personality + social ties
Subject code: S15ab45

StudyDemir & Weitekamp (2007): study US 2007
TitleI am So Happy Cause Today I Found My Friend: Friendship and Personality as Predictors of Happiness.
SourceJournal of Happiness Studies, 2007, Vol. 8, 181 - 211
PublicUniversity students, USA, 2007
SampleNon-probability accidental sample
Respondents N =423

Author's labelexplained variance
Page in Source 195
Our classificationLife-appraisals + personality + social ties, code S15ab45
a: gender
b: personality (Extraversion, Neuroticism, 
Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, Openness)
c: number of friends
d: friendship variables (friendship quality, friendship 
e: friendship quality variables (Companionship, Help, 
Intimacy, Reliable alliance, Self-validation, Emotional 

Observed Relation with Happiness
M-AO-m-mq-v-5-aR=.01 p < .06
M-AO-m-mq-v-5-aR=.56 p < .01
M-AO-m-mq-v-5-aR=.56 ns
M-AO-m-mq-v-5-aR=.58 p < .01
A-BW-g-mq-v-5-gR=.58 p < .01

Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
A-BW-g-mq-v-5-gSelfreport on 20 questions.

This scale consists of a number of words that describe different feelings and emotions. Read each item and mark the appropriate answer in the space next to that word. Indicate to what extend you generally feel this way, that is, how you feel on average?
A nervous
B distressed
C afraid
D jittery
E irritable
F upset
G scared
H exiled
I ashamed
J guilty
K hostile
L active
M determined
N inspired
O enthusiastic
P alert
Q attentive
R proud
S strong
T interested

Answer options:
1 very slightly or not at all
2 a little
3 moderately
4 quite a bit
5 very much

Negative affect score (NAS): A to K
Positive affect score (PAS): L to T
Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS - NAS

Name: Watson et al's PANAS ('in general' version)
M-AO-m-mq-v-5-aSelfreport on 25 questions

A 20-item PANAS
To what extend do you feel this way right now in your life?
Aa nervous
Ab distressed
Ac afraid
Ad jittery
Ae irritable
Af upset
Ag scared
Ah exiled
Ai ashamed
Aj guilty
Ak hostile
Al active
Am determined
An inspired
Ao enthusiastic
Ap alert
Aq attentive
Ar proud
As strong
At interested

B 5-item Satisfaction with Life Scale (Diener)
Ba In most ways my life is close to ideal
Bb The conditions of my life are excellent
Bc I am satisfied with my life
Bd So far, I have gotten the important things I want in life
Be If I could live my life over, I would change nothing

Answer options:
1 not at all
2 a little
3 moderately
4 quite a bit
5 very much

Computation: (Aa +..Ak) - (Al+.. At) + (Ba+ Be)

Appendix 2: Statistics used
Type: test statistic
Measurement level: Correlates: all metric, Happiness: metric
Range: [0; 1]

R = 0 no influence of any correlate in this study has been established.
R = 1 the correlates determine the happiness completely.
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.