Correlational finding on Happiness and Satisfaction with own coping with life-change
Subject code: C11ac01

StudyForti & Huyg (1983): study US Louisiana 1977
TitleA Documented Evaluation of Primary Prevention through Consultation.
SourceCommunity Mental Health Journal, 1983, Vol. 19, 290 - 304
PublicCatholic nuns, re-organized cloister, followed 4 years, Louisiana, USA, 1977-1981
Non-ResponseT1: 18%, T2: 14%, T3: 23%
Respondents N =137

Author's labelSatisfaction with adjustment to change
Our classificationSatisfaction with own coping with life-change, code C11ac01
Single closed question: 'How do you feel about extent 
of adjustment to change?', rated on a 7-point 
Delighted-Terrible scale, ranging from (1) Delighted to 
(7) Terrible, (8) neither. (order reversed)

Observed Relation with Happiness
T1: 1977     r= +.31    (01)
T2: 1979     r= +.44    (01)
T3: 1981     r= +.41    (01)
Both variables assessed at T1, T2, and T3. 
Correlation concerns same time measures.

Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-DT-u-sq-f-7-aSelfreport on single question:

Which face comes closest to expressing feeling about life as a whole?
7 delighted
6 very satisfying
5 satisfying
4 mixed
3 dissatisfying
2 very dissatisfying
1 terrible
- No opinion

Name: Andrews & Withey's "Delighted-Terrible Scale" (modified

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.