Correlational finding on Happiness and Current victim status
Subject code: V06ab

StudyMichalos & Zumbo (2000): study CA Prince George 1997
TitleCriminal Victimization and the Quality of Life.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 2000, Vol. 50, 245 - 295
DOIDOI: 10.1023/A:1006930019814
PublicAdult general population, City of Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, 1997
SampleProbability simple random sample
Non-Response63%
Respondents N =737

Correlate
Author's labelVictimization
Page in Source 253/4, 268
Our classificationCurrent victim status, code V06ab
Operationalization
Selfreport of being a victim of crime in the last year
1: was victim
0: was not
Observed distribution1: 38% 0: 62%
Remarks
Theft of less than $500: 35.3%; Break and enter 
dwelling: 16.9%; Vanedalism damage lees than $1000: 
8.7%; Break and enter vehicle: 8.7%; Theft of $5000 or 
more: 8.7%; Vandalism damage $1000 or more: 6.2%; 
Assault: 4.8%; Fraud: 2.8%; Other: 2.7%; Spousal abuse: 
1.5%; Drunkendriving injury: 1.3%; Stalker: 0.8%; Elder 
abuse: 0.8%; Sexual assault: 0.7%
Victim of more than one crime: 18%

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-QLS-c-sq-v-7-bDM=-
was victim   M = 5.5
was not      M = 5.7
- difference    -0.2
O-HL-u-sq-v-7-eDM=-
was victim   M = 5.4
was not      M = 5.6
- difference    -0.2
O-SLW-c-sq-v-7-fDM=-
was victim   M = 5.6
was not      M = 5.9
- difference    -0.3


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-HL-u-sq-v-7-eSelfreport on single question:

Considering your life as a whole, would you describe it as…?
1 very unhappy
2 unhappy
3 unhappy
4 mixed
5 happy
6 happy
7 very happy

lVerbal abel 'unhappy' used for numerical options 2 and 3 together. Likewise verbal label 'happy'used for both numerical options 5 and 6.
O-QLS-c-sq-v-7-bSelfreport on single question:

Here are some features of people’s lives affecting them today. Please indicate how satisfied you are with each of them....
How satisfied are you with your overall quality of life?
1 very dissatisfied
2 somewhat dissatisfied
3 a little dissatisfied
4 about evenly balanced
5 a little satisfied
6 somewhat satisfied
7 very satisfied
O-SLW-c-sq-v-7-fSelfreport on single question:

Here are some features of people’s lives affecting them today. Please indicate how satisfied you are with each of them....
How satisfied are you with your life as-a-whole?
1 very dissatisfied
2 somewhat dissatisfied
3 a little dissatisfied
4 about evenly balanced
5 a little satisfied
6 somewhat satisfied
7 very satisfied


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