Correlational finding on Happiness and Self-perceived health
Subject code: H14ab02

StudyKeith (1985a): study US 1969
TitleWork, Retirement and Well-Being among Unmarried Men and Women.
SourceGerontologist, 1985, Vol. 25, 410 - 416
Public58-63 aged unmarried, followed 10 years, USA, 1969-1979
SampleProbability stratified sample
Respondents N =1398

Author's labelHealth
Page in Source 414
Our classificationSelf-perceived health, code H14ab02
Two measures were used:
1) The extent to which persons rated      their health 
better, the same or
   worse than that of other people;
2) Functional capacity, assesed by
   summing responses to two single
   closed questions, rated on a 2-point
   scale (0=yes, 1=no):
  -do you have any health condition,
   physical handicap, or disability
   that limits how well you get around?
  -does your health limit the kind or
   amount of work or housework you can
   Assessed at T2

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness assessed at T2:
Widowed             r= +.18 (ns)   = +.14 (05)
Divorced/Separated  r= +.22 (ns)   = +.16 (05)
Never married       r= +.29 (ns)   = +.25 (05)
's controlled for sex, earlier education, age, 
earlier occupation, earlier happiness, retirement 
attitudes, income and employment.

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
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]

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.
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.