Correlational finding on Happiness and Comparison of specific social categories in nations
Subject code: N10ab02

StudyThomas & Chambers (1989): study ZZ East-West pairs 1984
TitlePhenomenology of Life Satisfaction among Elderly Men: Quantitative and Qualitative Views.
SourcePsychology and Aging, 1989, Vol. 4, 284 - 289
Public70+ aged, highly educated men, New Delhi, India & London, England, 198?
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
Respondents N =100

Author's labelNation of Residence
Page in Source 287
Our classificationComparison of specific social categories in nations, code N10ab02
a: New  Delhi, India
b: London, England
Observed distributionN= a: 50, b: 50

Observed Relation with Happiness
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-aDM= ns
New Delhi   M = 7,65
London      M = 7,20
- difference    0,45 t = 1.10
O-HL-c-sq-v-4-mDM= ns
New Delhi   M = 3,26
London      M = 3,31
- difference    0,05 t = 0.29

Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-aSelfreport on single question:

Here is a picture of a ladder. Suppose we say that the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom represents the worst possible life for you. Where on the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time?
[ 10 ] best possible life
[ 9 ]
[ 8 ]
[ 7 ]
[ 6 ]
[ 5 ]
[ 4 ]
[ 3 ]
[ 2 ]
[ 1 ]
[ 0 ] worst possible life

Preceded by 1) open questions about what the respondent imagines as the best possible life and the worst possible life. 2) ratings on the ladder of one's life five years ago and where on the ladder one expects to stand five years from now.

Name: Cantril's self anchoring ladder rating of life (original)
O-HL-c-sq-v-4-mSelfreport on single question:

Would you say at the thresent time that you are..?
4 very happy
3 somewhat happy
2 not too happy
1 very unhappy

Appendix 2: Statistics used
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.
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.