Correlational finding on Happiness and Visits to doctor
Subject code: H17ab01

StudyForti & Huyg (1983): study US Louisiana 1977
TitleA Documented Evaluation of Primary Prevention through Consultation.
SourceCommunity Mental Health Journal, 1983, Vol. 19, 290 - 304
DOIDOI:10.1007/BF00755410
PublicCatholic nuns, re-organized cloister, followed 4 years, Louisiana, USA, 1977-1981
Sample
Non-ResponseT1: 18%, T2: 14%, T3: 23%
Respondents N =137

Correlate
Author's labelConsultation: physical health
Our classificationVisits to doctor, code H17ab01
Operationalization
Index of closed questions: 
(order reversed)
1. 'Have you seen a doctor past 2    months for 
physical health care?' 
   (1) yes, (2) no;
2. 'If so, how many times?', rated on a    6-point 
scale: (1) 1-2 times, 
   (6) >10 times.
3. 'Have you seen a doctor past year    for physical 
health care?'
   (1) yes, (2) no;
4. 'If so, how many times?', rated on a     6-point 
scale: (1) 1-2 times, 
   (6) >10 times.

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-DT-u-sq-f-7-ar=
        T1: 1977      T2: 1979      T3: 1981

1.      -.07 (ns)     .             .


2.      -.07 (ns)     .             .


3.      +.05 (ns)     +.10 (ns)     +.11 (ns)


4.      +.03 (ns)     -.05 (ns)     +.11 (ns)


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
version)


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
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]

Meaning:
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.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl