Correlational finding on Happiness and Valuation of happiness
Subject code: H11ac

StudyScollon et al. (2009): study US Texas 2009
TitleThe Role of Ideal Affect in the Experience and Memory of Emotions.
SourceJournal of Happiness Studies, 2009, Vol. 10, 257 -2 69
DOIDOI:10.1007/s10902-007-9079-9
PublicStudents, Texas, USA, 2009
SampleNon-probability accidental sample
Non-Response
Respondents N =83

Correlate
Author's labelIdeal affect
Page in Source 262-264
Our classificationValuation of happiness, code H11ac
Operationalization
Selfreport on 12 questions:

How much would an ideal person leading the ideal life 
would experience the following emotions:
how much one GENERALLY feels ... (full text not 
reported)
A  Happy
B  Joy
CV  Sociable
D  Excited
E  Proud
F  Calm
G  Sad
H  Guilty
I   Worried
J  Anxious
K  Irritated
L  Bored

Rated: 
1 never
:
7 always
Observed distributionIdeal positive affect: 5,98 Ideal negative affect 2,13
Remarks
Ideal Affect Balance 3,85 on scale 1-7

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
A-AB-g-mq-n-7-ar=+.33 p < .01
Global affect rating
A-AB-cw-mq-th%-101-ar=+.26 p < .02
Retrospective affect
A-AB-mi-mqr-n-5-ar=+.16 ns
On-line experienced affect

All experienced affect ratings measured using the 
same 12 emotions


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
A-AB-cw-mq-th%-101-aSelfreport on 12 questions:

..how much of the time you remember to have experienced these moods in the past week (during which respondents participated in experience sampling).
A happy
B joyful
C contented
D cheerful
E pleasant
F elated
G frustrated
H sad
I depressed
J dissatisfied
K gloomy
L dejected

Rated: % of the time experienced

Summation: (A+B+C+D+ E+ F) - (G+H+I+J+K+L)

Name: adapted from UWIST mood adjective checklist (Mathews et. al. 1990)
A-AB-g-mq-n-7-aSelfreport on 12 questions:

how much one GENERALLY feels ... (full text not reported)
A Happy
B Joy
C Sociable
D Excited
E Proud
F Calm
G Sad
H Guilty
I Worried
J Anxious
K Irritated
L Bored

Rated: 1 never to 7 always

Computation: (A+B+C+D+E+F)/6 - (G+H+I+J+K+L)/6
A-AB-mi-mqr-n-5-aSelfreport on 12 questions asked repeatedly (experience sampling)

How did you feel just before the beeper went off?
A Happy
B Joy
C Sociable
D Excited
E Proud
F Calm
G Sad
H Guilty
I Worried
J Anxious
K Irritated
L Bored

Rated:
1 not at all
:
5 with maximun intensity

Computation: (A+B+C+D+E+F)/6 - (G+H+I+J+K+L)/6


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