Correlational finding on Happiness and Getting (re)employed
Subject code: E02aa02ac

StudyKirchler (1984b): study AT 1983
TitleSechs Monate ohne Arbeit. (Six Months without Work).
SourceWISO (Wirtschafts und Sozialpolitische Zeitschrift des I.S.A.), 1984, Vol. 3, 66 - 81
PublicUnemployed, followed 6 months after job loss, Linz Austria, 1983
Sample
Non-ResponseDropout due to refusal 23%
Respondents N =31

Correlate
Author's labelRe-employed continuation of unemployment
Page in Source 290
Our classificationGetting (re)employed, code E02aa02ac
Operationalization
0 Found a job          (N=17)
1 Remained unemployed  (N=11)

Happiness was assessed at four times
after falling unemployed:
T1  1 month
T2  2 month
T3  3 month 
T4  6 month

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
A-AOL-mi-sqr-v-5-aDMt=- p < .01
    unemployed   re-employed
T1  Mt' = 7.99    -- 
T2  Mt' = 8.21   8.67
T3  Mt' = 8.12   8.73
T4  Mt' = 7.70   8.78

The newly employed remain equally happy after
finding a job, while the happiness of Ss who
remain unemployed decreases from T3 to T4.

The effect of unemployment is similar in three
personality types (social sensitive dependents and 
self-assured dominants). Insecure-submissive 
improve most after re-employment.


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
A-AOL-mi-sqr-v-5-aSelfreport on single question in diary, filled in 6 times a day during 40 days in a 6 month period.

Is my mood at the moment
2 clearly positive
1 rather positive
0 indifferent
-1 rather negative
-2 clearly negative


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
DMtDIFFERENCE of MEANS AFTER TRANSFORMATION
Type: descriptive statistic only.
Measurement level: Correlate: dichotomous, Happiness: metric
Theoretical range: [-10; +10]

Meaning: the difference of the mean happiness (happiness measured at a 0-10 rating scale) between the two correlate levels.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl