Correlational finding on Happiness and Conjugal fidelity
Subject code: M03ab03b

StudyOlivier (2009): study NL 2006
TitleHet Effect van Vreemdgaan op Geluk . (The Effect of Adultery on Happiness.)
SourceBachelor thesis, Institute of Psychology, Faculty of Sociolgy, 2009, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Public19-69 aged, general public, The Netherlands, 2006
SampleProbability stratified sample
Non-Response72%
Respondents N =4170

Correlate
Author's labelNon-adulterous
Page in Source 15
Our classificationConjugal fidelity, code M03ab03b
Operationalization
Self report on single question:
In the past 6 months have you had sexual contact with 
an another person then your present partner?
0. Yes (adulterous)
1. No  (non-adulterous)
Observed distributionn = 0:246 1:3924

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
M-TH-cm-sq-v-6-aDM=+
ALL
0:     adulterous M = 4,16 (Sd = 1,292)
1: non-adulterous M = 4,46 (Sd = 1,152)
                     +0,30
M-TH-cm-sq-v-6-aDM=+
Males:
0:     adulterous M = 4,25
1: non-adulterous M = 4,56
                     +0,31
M-TH-cm-sq-v-6-aDM=+
Females:
0:     adulterous M = 4,01
1: non-adulterous M = 4,36
                     +0,35
M-TH-cm-sq-v-6-aDM=+
Attitude: sexual conservatives
0     adulterous M = 4,15 
1 non-adulterous M = 4,41
                    +0,26
M-TH-cm-sq-v-6-aDM=+
Attitude: gender conservatives
0     adulterous M = 4,15 
1 non-adulterous M = 4,41
                    +0,26
M-TH-cm-sq-v-6-aDM=+
Attitude: homo-negativisist
0     adulterous M = 4,15 
1 non-adulterous M = 4,41
                    +0,26
M-TH-cm-sq-v-6-aDM=+
Religion: Roman Catholic
0:     adulterous M = 4,12
1: non-adulterous M = 4,46
                     +0,34
M-TH-cm-sq-v-6-aDM=+
Religion: Protestant
0:     adulterous M = 4,21
1: non-adulterous M = 4,61
                     +0,40
M-TH-cm-sq-v-6-aDM=+
Religion: Islam
0:     adulterous M = 3,78
1: non-adulterous M = 4,33
                     +0,55
M-TH-cm-sq-v-6-aDM=+
Religion: none
0:     adulterous M = 4,22
1: non-adulterous M = 4,42
                     +0,20
M-TH-cm-sq-v-6-aDM=+
Sexual preference: Homo-sexual
0:     adulterous M = 4,00
1: non-adulterous M = 4,47
                     +0,47
M-TH-cm-sq-v-6-aDM=+
Sexual preference: Hetero-sexual
0:     adulterous M = 4,19
1: non-adulterous M = 4,46
                     +0,27


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
M-TH-cm-sq-v-6-aSelfreport on single question:

During the past 4 weeks….. Have you been a happy person?
6 all of the time
5 most of the time
4 a good bit of the time
3 some of the time
2 a little of the time
1 none of the time

Item MH5 in SF-36 (Medical Outcome Study 36 item Short Form)


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
DMDIFFERENCE of MEANS
Type: descriptive statistic only.
Measurement level: Correlate: dichotomous, Happiness: metric
Range: depending on the happiness rating scale of the author; range symmetric about zero.

Meaning: the difference of the mean happiness, as measured on the author's rating scale, between the two correlate levels.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl