Correlational finding on Happiness and O-SL by O-SL
Subject code: H07aa01g

StudyVanBeuningen et al. (2014): study NL 2013
TitleMeasuring Well-Being. An Analysis of Different Response Scales.
SourceDiscussion Paper 2014/03,, Statistics Netherlands, 2014, The Hague, The Netherlands
Public18+ aged, general public, Netherlands,2013
SampleProbability simple random sample
Non-Response
Respondents N =970

Correlate
Author's labelClassification of the 1-10 scale for life satisfaction
Page in Source 20
Our classificationO-SL by O-SL, code H07aa01g
Operationalization
Same question on life satisfaction rated on two 
different response scales
A  5-step verbal scale (O-SSL-c-sq-v-5-d)
     -  extraordinary satisfied
     - very satisfied
     - satisfied
     - fairly satisfied
     - not very satisfied
B 10 completely satisfied
     :
     1 completely dissatisfied

B serves as correlate in this analysis

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-SLL-c-sq-n-10-atc=+.59 p < .00
1 to 4 Not satisfied
5,6    Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied
7,8    Satisfied
9,10   Very satisfied


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-SLL-c-sq-n-10-aSelfreport on single question

'Taken all together, how satisfied are you with the life you currently lead? Please indicate on this scale. 10 means that you are completely satisfied and 1 means that you are completely dissatisfied.'
10 completely satisfied
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1 completely dissatisfied


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
tcKENDALL'S TAU-C (Also referred to as Stuart's tau-c)
Type: test statistic
Measurement level: Correlate: ordinal, Happiness: ordinal
Range: [-1; +1]

Meaning:
tc = 0 no rank correlation
tc = 1 perfect rank correlation, where high values of the correlate correspond
with high happiness ratings.
tc = -1 perfect rank correlation, where high values of the correlate correspond
with low happiness ratings.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl