Correlational finding on Happiness and Socio-demographic + life-appraisals
Subject code: S15ab04

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 labelResources, assesments and comparisons
Page in Source 483/487
Our classificationSocio-demographic + life-appraisals, code S15ab04
Operationalization
Self reports on:
A: Resources
   a race
   b sexe
   c age
   d income
   e education
   f number of children
   g number of household members
B: Assessments, satisfaction with: 
   a standard of living
   b leisure time
   c housing
   d health
   e education
   f community
   g government
C: Comparisons: 
   a perception of being happier than others 
   b perceived financial improvement in the past few 
years

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aaRaČ=.09
A
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aaRaČ=.24
B
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aaRaČ=21
C
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aaRaČ=.28
A+B
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aaRaČ=.27
A+C
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aaRaČ=32
C+B
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aaRaČ=36
A+B+C


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
RaČADJUSTED COEFFICIENT OF MULTIPLE CORRELATION
Type: descriptive statistic only
Measurement level: Correlates: all metric, Happiness: metric
Range: [0 ; 1]

Meaning:
Ra = 0 « not any association
Ra = 1 « strongest possible association
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl