Correlational finding on Happiness and Successful (vs failure)
Subject code: L04ac01p

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 own accomplishments
Page in Source 411, 413, 418
Our classificationSuccessful (vs failure), code L04ac01p
Operationalization
Selfreport on single question:
How satisfied are you with what you achieve in life?

Rated on a 10-point numerical scale
Observed distributionM=75,3; SD= 15.5
Remarks
Item in Personal Wellbeing Scale (PWI)

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-SLW-u-sq-n-11-caBeta=+.27 p < .001
Beta controlled for satisfaction with:
- standard of living
- health
- relationship
- safety
- community
- security


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
Beta STANDARDIZED REGRESSION COEFFICIENT by LEAST SQUARES (OLS)
Type: test statistic.

Measurement level: Correlates: all metric, Happiness: metric.
Range: [-1 ; +1]

Meaning:
beta > 0 a higher correlate level corresponds to a higher happiness rating on average.
beta < 0 a higher correlate level corresponds to a higher happiness rating on average.
beta = 0 no correlation.
beta = + 1 or -1 perfect correlation.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl