Correlational finding on Happiness and Private freedom in nations
Subject code: N14ab02a

StudyBond et al. (0): study ZZ World samples 2005
TitleReligion and the Life Satisfaction of Young Persons around the World: Personal Values and Societal Context
SourceTrommsdorff, G., Xinyin, C.: "Values. Religion, and Culture in Adolescent Development", Cambridge, 2011, Cambridge, UK, Chap. 5
Public15-24 aged, 43 nations, 2005-2008
SampleMixed samples
Non-Response
Respondents N =9618

Correlate
Author's labelGovernment Restriction Index
Our classificationPrivate freedom in nations, code N14ab02a
Operationalization
Index of indicators of religion-related government 
restriction:
a: constitutional restrictions or restrictions based in 
national law or policy;
b: restrictions imposed by government officials at any 
level, whether codified or not; 
c: use of force or coercion against religious groups by 
government agencies or their representatives;
d: government favoritism toward particular religious 
groups.

Range 0-10:
0: lowest level of religion-related government 
restriction
.
.
10: highest level of religion-related government 
restriction
Remarks
The information on religion related government 
restrictions in different societies are documented in 
16 frequently cited reports. Including the U.N. Special 
Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion of Belief reports, 
the Human Rights Watch topical reports, and the Council 
of the European Union's annual report.

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-ar=-.32 p < .05
Macro: AVERAGE happiness by level of 
religion-related government restriction in 43 
nations
O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-ar=+
Micro: INDIVIDUAL happiness by INDIVIDUAL 
social-religious engagement
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Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-aSelfreport on single question:

All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as-a-whole these days?
1 dissatisfied
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10 satisfied


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