Correlational finding on Happiness and Motivation behind life goals
Subject code: L07ab07

StudySheldon et al. (2002): study US 2000
TitlePersonal Goals and Psychological Growth: Testing an Intervention to Enhance Goal Lattainment and Personality Integration.
SourceJournal of Personality, 2002, Vol. 70, 5 - 31
PublicPsychology students participating in a growth training, USA, 200?
SampleNon-probability self-selected
Respondents N =90

Author's labelOrganismic Integration
Page in Source 11
Our classificationMotivation behind life goals, code L07ab07
Participats were asked to define 6 goals for the coming 
semester. Then they were asked to rate the extent to 
which they would be pursuing each goal for each of four 
different reasons: (a) external, (b)introjected, 
(c)identified, and (d) intrinsic.  A 1 (not at all) to 
9 (completely) scale was used, and an aggregate Tl 
Organismic Integration variable was computed for each 
participant by summing the averaged identified and 
intrinsic ratings and subtracting the averaged 
introjected and external ratings
Observed distributionMean 5.20; SD 3.56
Error Estimatescronbach alpha = 0.77

Observed Relation with Happiness
A-BW-cw-mq-n-7-br=+.44 p < .01

Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
A-BW-cw-mq-n-7-bSelfreport on 20 questions:
Lead item not reported

A nervous
B distressed
C afraid
D jittery
E irritable
F upset
G scared
H exited
I ashamed
J guilty
K hostile
L active
M determined
N inspired
O enthusiastic
P alert
Q attentive
R proud
S strong
T interested

1: not at all
7 frequently

Negative affect score (NAS): A to K
Positive affect score (PAS): L to T
Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS - NAS

Name: Watson's PANAS last week version

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.