Correlational finding on Happiness and Anxious
Subject code: P05af

StudyBrook et al. (1979): study US Dakota County, Minnesota 1972
TitleOverview of Adult Health Status Measures Fielded in Rand's Health Insurance Study.
SourceMedical Care, 1979, Vol. 17
URLhttp://www.jstor.org/stable/3764335?seq=10
PublicHeads of households, Dayton , USA, 1972-1979
SampleProbability simple random sample
Non-Response
Respondents N =3441

Correlate
Author's labelAnxiety
Page in Source 24 + 29 + 31 + 42
Our classificationAnxious, code P05af
Operationalization
Self-report on 5 questions:
During the past month...
a. Have you been bothered by nervousness or your 
"nerves"? 
b. Have you been under or felt you were under any 
strain, stress, or pressure? 
c. Have you been anxious, worried, or upset? 
d. Did you feel relaxed, at ease or high strung, tight, 
or keyed-up? 
e. Were you generally tense or did you feel?
Observed distributionRange 5-30, M=12.11, SD=4.67
Error EstimatesInternal-Consistency=.88, Test-Retest=.70 with N=437

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-ar=-.37 p < .01


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)


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
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