Correlational finding on Happiness and Major life-change or not
Subject code: L06ab01a

StudyThurnher (1983): study US 1969
TitleTurning Points and Developmental Change: Subjective and 'Objective' Assessments.
SourceAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 1983, Vol. 53, 52 - 60
PublicPeople in transition, followed 8 years, Metropolis USA, 1969-77
Sample
Non-ResponseSample attrition: 17%
Respondents N =180

Correlate
Author's labelPerceived turning point impact in life
Page in Source 56
Our classificationMajor life-change or not, code L06ab01a
Operationalization
Open questions at T2:
"Looking back over the past eight years when we first 
interviewed you, what have been the major turning 
points in your life?"
"What effect did these turning points have on you?"
The responses were each rated on a 6-point scale and 
summed. Ss were classified as reporting positive, 
neutral or negative total impact

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-Sum-u-mq-*-0-aAoV=+ p < .01
T2 happiness by T2 report of turning point impact.
No interaction with age and sex.
No interaction with change in happiness between
T1 and T2.
A-BB-cw-mq-v-4-dAoV=+ ns
T2 happiness by T2 report of turning point impact.
No interaction with age and sex.
No interaction with change in happiness between T1 
and T2. 


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
A-BB-cw-mq-v-4-dSelfreport on 8 questions.

"During the past week, did you ever feel.....?"
A very lonely
B restless
C bored
D depressed
E on top of the world
F exited or interested
G pleased about accomplishment
H proud

Answer options:
1 never
2 once
3 several times
4 often

Summation:
-Positive Affect Score (PAS): E+F+G+H
-Negative Affect Score (NAS): A+B+C+D
-Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS-NAS+13

Name: Bradburn's Affect Balance Scale (modified version)
O-Sum-u-mq-*-0-aSelfreport on 3 questions:

A. " Dissatisfied" and "Unhappy" responses on the Block (1961) Adjective Rating List.

B. Overall happiness. Single direct question: "Taking all things together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say you are .......?"
3 very happy
2 pretty happy
1 not too happy

C. Present-year score on Life-Evaluation Chart, ranging from:
1 low
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9 high


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
AoVANALYSIS of VARIANCE (ANOVA)
Type: statistical procedure
Measurement level: Correlate(s): nominal, Happiness: metric.
In an ANOVA, the total happiness variability, expressed as the sum of squares, is split into two or more parts, each of which is assigned to a source of variability. At least one of those sources is the variability of the correlate, in case there is only one, and always one other is the residual variability, which includes all unspecified influences on the happiness variable. Each sum of squares has its own number of degrees of freedom (df), which sum up to Ne -1 for the total variability. If a sum of squares (SS) is divided by its own number of df, a mean square (MS) is obtained. The ratio of two correctly selected mean squares has an F-distribution under the hypothesis that the corresponding association has a zero-value.

NOTE: A significantly high F-value only indicates that, in case of a single correlate, the largest of the c mean values is systematically larger than the smallest one. Conclusions about the other pairs of means require the application of a Multiple Comparisons Procedure (see e.g. BONFERRONI's MULTIPLE COMPARISON TEST, DUNCAN's MULTIPLE RANGE TEST or STUDENT-NEWMAN-KEULS)
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl