Correlational finding on Happiness and Married vs never married
Subject code: M02aa01

StudyEkici & Koydemir (2014a): study TR 1999
TitleSocial Capitel, Government and Democracy Satisfaction, and Happiness in Turkey: A Comparison of Surveys in 1999 and 2008.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 2014, Vol. 118, 1031 - 1053
DOIdoi: 10,1007/s11205-013-0464-y
Public15+ aged, general public, Turkey, 1999
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
Non-Response
Respondents N =1205

Correlate
Author's labelMarital status
Page in Source 1040
Our classificationMarried vs never married, code M02aa01
Operationalization
a. Never married (reference category)
b. Married
c. Divorced
Observed distributiona. 26 % b. 69 % c. 6 %

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-aOLRC= ns
probability of being more/less happy (vs never 
married)

MARRIED
- very satisfied          + 2% (ns)
- somewhat satisfied      + 2% (ns)
- medium satisfied        + 1% (ns)
- somewhat dissatisfied   - 1% (ns)
- very dissatisfied       - 3% (ns)

DIVORCED
- very satisfied          - 3% (ns)
- somewhat satisfied      - 3% (ns)
- medium satisfied        - 2% (ns)
- somewhat dissatisfied   + 2% (ns)
- very dissatisfied       + 6% (ns)
O-HL-c-sq-v-4-gOLRC= ns
MARRIED
- very happy              + 0% (ns)
- quite happy             + 0% (ns)
- not very happy          - 0% (ns)
- not at all happy        - 0% (ns)

DIVORCED
- very happy              - 1% (ns)
- quite happy             - 4% (ns)
- not very happy          + 4% (ns)
- not at all happy        + 6% (ns)

OLRCs adjusted for:
- income
- employment
- age
- gender
- religiosity


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-HL-c-sq-v-4-gSelreport on single question:

In general, how do you feel about your life at present? I feel...
4 very happy
3 quite happy
2 not very happy
1 not happy at all
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
OLRCORDERED LOGIT REGRESSION COEFFICIENT
Statistic: Ordered logit regression coefficient
Measurement level: Correlate: metric, Happiness: ordered responses
Theoretical range: unlimited

OLRC > 0 A one unit increase in the independent variable corresponds to a higher probability of responding in the highest category of the dependent variable and to a lower probability of responding in the lowest category of the dependent variable.

OLRC< 0 A one unit increase in the independent variable corresponds to a lower probability of responding in the highest category of the dependent variable and to a higher probability of responding in the lowest category of the dependent variable.

OLRC = 0 No relationship between the independent and dependent variable..

Remarks:
The interpretation for the intermediate categories of the dependent variable are ambiguous. It is advised to use marginal effects.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl