Correlational finding on Happiness and Perceived realization of life-goal set
Subject code: L07ac02b

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
Non-Response
Respondents N =90

Correlate
Author's labelMidsemester Progress
Page in Source 12
Our classificationPerceived realization of life-goal set, code L07ac02b
Operationalization
Participants were asked to define 6 personal goals at 
the start of the semester (T0) . After 6 weeks 
(midsemester) they rated their degree of progress in 
the six goals. Rating scale 1 = not at all well to 7 = 
extremely well. The six ratings were averaged.
Remarks
Assessed at approximately 6 weeks after first 
questionnaires at T1

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
A-BW-cw-mq-n-7-bBeta=+.26 p < .05
T0-T1 CHANGE happiness by perceived midsemester 
progress in goals

T0 = start of semester
T1 = end of semester
Change happiness assessed controlling T1 happiness 
for T0 happiness


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

Rated:
1: not at all
2
3
4
5
6
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
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