Correlational finding on Happiness and Attendance to meetings
Subject code: S07ab02

StudyShin & Johnson (1978): study US 1975
TitleAvowed Happiness as the Overall Assesment of the Quality of Life.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 1978, Vol. 5, 475 - 492
DOIDOI:10.1007/BF00352944
PublicHeads of households, Illinois, USA, 1975
Sample
Non-Response17%
Respondents N =665

Correlate
Author's labelParticipation in communal activities
Page in Source 483/484
Our classificationAttendance to meetings, code S07ab02
Operationalization
9-item index. The respondents were asked whether or not 
they had: 
a. written or spoken to a local political public 
official about  their community;
b. written to a local newspaper about community 
matters;
c. attended a meeting or gathering in which local 
government or community policy matters were a major 
subject for consideration;
d. contributed time or money in a local campaign; 
e. been a candidate for  and/or held one local 
effective office;
f. been a member of a local political club or 
organization; 
g. contributed money to social service organizations;
h. worked as a volunteer with any  social service 
organization;
i. always voted in local elections.

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aar=+.06 ns
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aaBeta=+.01
Beta controlled for:
- recources
- assessments
- comparisons

Recources:
- rage
- sex
- age
- income 
- education
- home ownership
- marital status
- number of children
- number of householdmembers

Assessments: satisfaction with: 
- standard of living
- leisure time
- housing
- health
- education
- community
- government

Comparisons:
- perception of being happier than others
- percieved financial improvement in the past few 
years


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aaSelfreport on single question:

Taken all together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say that you are....?
3 very happy
2 pretty happy
1 not too happy


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
Beta STANDARDIZED REGRESSION COEFFICIENT by LEAST SQUARES (OLS)
Type: test statistic.

Measurement level: Correlates: all metric, Happiness: metric.
Range: [-1 ; +1]

Meaning:
beta > 0 a higher correlate level corresponds to a higher happiness rating on average.
beta < 0 a higher correlate level corresponds to a higher happiness rating on average.
beta = 0 no correlation.
beta = + 1 or -1 perfect correlation.
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