Correlational finding on Happiness and Current satisfaction with work
Subject code: W05ad

StudyGoudy et al. (1975): study US 1964
TitleThe Work-Satisfaction, Retirement-Attitude Typology: Profile Examination.
SourceExperimental Aging Research, 1975, Vol. 1, 267 - 279
Public50+, employed, male, USA 1964
SampleProbability stratified sample
Non-Response
Respondents N =1868

Correlate
Author's labelWork-retirement attitudinal types
Our classificationCurrent satisfaction with work, code W05ad
Operationalization
Self report using several questions for positive or 
negative attitudes toward work and retirement
a: +W, +R 
b: +W, -R 
c: -W, +R 
d: -W, -R
Observed distributionN = a: 403, b: 508, c: 428, d:529
Remarks
Authors note that relatively more respondents were aged 
65 and over for category B (+W,-R), while relatively 
more respondents were aged 50-54 for category C 
(-W,+R).

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
M-CO-h-sq-v-4-aD%=
%happy (very well vs. fairly well/not very 
well/not well at all):
a:73% b: 68% c: 41% d: 35%
M-CO-h-sq-v-4-aBMCT= p < .05
d,c


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
M-CO-h-sq-v-4-aSelfreport on single question:

How do you feel things have worked out for you generally?
4 very well
3 fairly well
2 not very well
1 not at all well


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
BMCTBONFERRONI's MULTIPLE COMPARISON TEST
Type: statistical procedure

Measurement level: Correlate: nominal, Happiness: metric

Meaning: if the correlate is measured at c levels, the c mean happiness values can be ranked from low to high. A multiple comparison procedure judges for each of the c(c-1) pairs whether or not they differ significantly. A convenient way to represent the results is by ranking the c means and by underlining them in such a way that means which have a common underlining do NOT differ significantly.

When added by us, this test is performed at the 95% confidence level for all the differences together.
D%DIFFERENCE in PERCENTAGES
Type: descriptive statistic only.
Measurement level: Correlate level: dichotomous, but nominal or ordinal theoretically possible as well. Happiness level: dichotomous
Range: [-100; +100]

Meaning: the difference of the percentages happy people at two correlate levels.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
http://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl