Correlational finding on Happiness and Quality of current dwelling
Subject code: H22ab03

StudyGwanfogbe et al. (1970): study CM 1965
TitlePolygyny and Marital Life Satisfaction: An Exploratory Study from Rural Cameroon.
SourceJournal of Comparative Family Studies, 1970, Vol. 28, 55 - 71
PublicMothers of young child, rural areas, Cameroon, 196?
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
Non-Response37%
Respondents N =300

Correlate
Author's labelHousing
Page in Source 62,64
Our classificationQuality of current dwelling, code H22ab03
Operationalization
Items used to measure socioeconomic status (housing):
A What type of toilet is used?
1 bush/ no toilet
2 toilet with no enclosure
3 latrine with earth floor
4 latrine with cement floor
5 inside toilet
B What material is the floor made of?
1 dirt
2 wood
3 clay bricks
4 cement
C What is the condition of the floor?
1 bad
2 not sure
3 good
D What material are the walls of the house made of?
1 straw
2 bamboo
3 bamboo and mud
4 clay bricks
5 planks
6 cement/stones
7 stones
E What is the condition of the walls?
1 bad
2 good
F What material is the roof made of?
1 thatch
2 grass/straw
3 metal
G What is the condition of the roof?
1 bad
2 good
Remarks
N = 299

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-HL-u-sq-v-2-ar=+.11 p < .05
O-HL-u-sq-v-2-aBeta= ns
Beta controled for:
- wife order
- marital satisfaction
- husband's supportiveness


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-HL-u-sq-v-2-aSelfreport on single question:

Are you happy with your life?
2 yes
1 no
- don't know


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.
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.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl