Correlational finding on Happiness and Current household-composition
Subject code: H20ab

StudyHoogendoorn (2017): study NL 2013
TitleSomewhat happily unemployed? A Comparison of the Feelings and Time-Use Reported by the Employed and Unemployed Respondents Participating in a Dutch DRM Survey
SourceMSc thesis, 2017, School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University, Netherlands
Public15-64 aged, users selfhelp website, Netherlands, 2013
SampleNon-probability self-selected
Non-Response
Respondents N =1869

Correlate
Author's labelLiving situation
Page in Source 10,11,18
Our classificationCurrent household-composition, code H20ab
Operationalization
a single
b cohabitating
c 2-parent family w. children
d 1-parent family w. children
e commune
f  living with parents
g other
h divorced

1 yes
0 no
Remarks
Dummy variables

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
A-APA-yd-mqr-fn-11-aBeta=-.47 p < .01
SINGLE

Beta controlled for:
- unemployment
- gender
- age + age squared
- education
- other living situations
A-APA-yd-mqr-fn-11-aBeta=-.33 p < .05
beta additionally controlled for:
- family income
A-APA-yd-mqr-fn-11-aBeta=-.33 p < .10
2-PARENT

Beta controlled for:
- unemployment
- gender
- age + age squared
- education
- other living situations
A-APA-yd-mqr-fn-11-aBeta=-.33 p < .10
beta additionally controlled for:
- family income
A-APA-yd-mqr-fn-11-aBeta=-.57 p < .10
COMMUNE
A-APA-yd-mqr-fn-11-aBeta=-.41 p < .05
1-PARENT

Beta controlled for:
- unemployment
- gender
- age + age squared
- other living situations
A-APA-yd-mqr-fn-11-aBeta=-.29 ns
beta additionally controlled for:
- family income
A-APA-yd-mqr-fn-11-aBeta=-.44 ns
beta additionally controlled for:
- family income
A-APA-yd-mqr-fn-11-aBeta=-.09 ns
LIVING WITH PARENTS

Beta controlled for:
- unemployment
- gender
- age + age squared
- other living situations
A-APA-yd-mqr-fn-11-aBeta=+.38 p < .01
OTHER living situation

Beta controlled for:
- unemployment
- gender
- age + age squared
- other living situations
A-APA-yd-mqr-fn-11-aBeta=-.05 ns
beta additionally controlled for:
- family income
A-APA-yd-mqr-fn-11-aBeta=+.42 p < .01
beta additionally controlled for:
- family income
A-APA-yd-mqr-fn-11-aBeta=-.40 p < .05
DIVORCED

Beta controlled for:
- unemployment
- gender
- age + age squared
- other living situations
A-APA-yd-mqr-fn-11-aBeta=-.30 ns
beta additionally controlled for:
- family income


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
A-APA-yd-mqr-fn-11-aSelfreport on a) activities of the previous day and b) how one had felt during these activities (DRM)

How did you feel during that activity?
10 happy
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
0 unhappy
All numbers presented with faces

Computation: Average happiness over all activitie/time


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
Beta STANDARDIZED REGRESSION COEFFICIENT by LEAST SQUARES (OLS)
Type: test statistic.

Measurement level: Correlates: all metric, Happiness: metric.
Range: [-1 ; +1]

Meaning:
beta > 0 a higher correlate level corresponds to a higher happiness rating on average.
beta < 0 a higher correlate level corresponds to a higher happiness rating on average.
beta = 0 no correlation.
beta = + 1 or -1 perfect correlation.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl