Correlational finding on Happiness and Satisfaction with multiple domains of life
Subject code: L04ad02

StudyLau et al. (2004): study AU 2002
TitleAn Investigation into the Cross-Cultural Equivalence of the Personal Well-Being Index.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 2005, Vol. 72, 403 - 430
DOIdoi:10.1007/s11205-004-0561-z
Public18+ aged, general public, Australia, 2002
SampleNon-probability purposive-quota sample
Non-Response
Respondents N =180

Correlate
Author's labelSatisfaction with life domains
Page in Source 411, 413, 418
Our classificationSatisfaction with multiple domains of life, code L04ad02
Operationalization
Selfreport on seven questions:
How satisfied are you with your
a. standard of living
b. health
c. achievement
d. relationship
e. safety
f. community
g. security

Rated on a 10-point numerical scale
Remarks
Personal Wellbeing Scale (PWI)

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-SLW-u-sq-n-11-car=+.67 p < .001
O-SLW-u-sq-n-11-caRČ=.43 ns
a+b+c+d+e+f+g


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-SLW-u-sq-n-11-caSelfreport on single question:

Thinking about your own life and personal circumstances, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole?
1 very dissatisfied
2
3
4
5 neutral
6
7
8
9
10 very satisfied

First item in Cummins' 'Personal Well-being Scale' (labels used until 2005)


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
rPRODUCT-MOMENT CORRELATION COEFFICIENT (Also "Pearson's correlation coefficient' or simply 'correlation coefficient')
Type: test statistic.
Measurement level: Correlate: metric, Happiness: metric
Range: [-1; +1]

Meaning:
r = 0 « no correlation ,
r = 1 « perfect correlation, where high correlate values correspond with high happiness values, and
r = -1 « perfect correlation, where high correlate values correspond with low happiness values.
COEFFICIENT of DETERMINATION
Type: test statistic
Measurement level: Correlates: all metric, Happiness: metric
Range: [0; 1]

Meaning:
RČ = 0 « no influence of any correlate in this study has been established.
RČ = 1 « the correlates determine the happiness completely.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl