Correlational finding on Happiness and Sexual promiscuity
Subject code: S03ab04

StudyMoller & Welch (1985): study ZA 1984
TitlePolygamy Well-Being of Zulu Migrants.
SourceReport University of Natal, Centre for Applied Social Sciences, 1985, Durban, South Africa
URLHTTP://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl/hap_bib/freetexts/moller_v_1985b.pdf
PublicEx-migrant workers, returned to rural Kwazulu, South Africa, 1984
Sample
Non-Response
Respondents N =253

Correlate
Author's labelPolygamy
Page in Source 33
Our classificationSexual promiscuity, code S03ab04
Operationalization
1 polygamist (N = 32)
0 other      (N = 221)
Remarks
Very and fairly happy:
1 81%
0 37%

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-HL-c-sq-v-5-aG=+.76 p < .01
O-SLW-u-sq-v-5-dG=+.38 p < .01
O-SLW-u-sq-v-5-dtau=+.13 p < .01
O-HL-c-sq-v-5-atau=+.30 p < .01


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-HL-c-sq-v-5-aSelfreport on single question:

Taking all things together in your life, how would you say things are these days? Would you say you are ....?
5 very happy
4 happy
3 neither happy nor unhappy
2 unhappy
1 very unhappy
O-SLW-u-sq-v-5-dSelfreport on single question:

Taking your life as a whole, are you .......?
5 very satisfied
4 quite satisfied
3 more satisfied than discontented
2 more discontented than satisfied
1 quite dissatisfied


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
GGOODMAN & Kruskal's GAMMA
Type: test statistic
Measurement level: Correlate: ordinal, Happinessl: ordinal
Range: [-1; +1]

Meaning:
G = 0 no rank correlation
G = +1 strongest possible rank correlation, where high correlate values correspond to high happiness ratings.
G = -1 strongest possible rank correlation, where high correlate values correspond with low happiness ratings.
tauGOODMAN & Kruskal's TAU
Type: descriptive statistic only.
Measurement level: Correlate: nominal, Happiness: ordinal
Range: [0; +1]

Meaning:
tau = 0 knowledge of the correlate value does not improve the prediction quality of the happiness rating.
tau = 1 knowledge of the correlate value enables a perfect (error-free) prediction of the happiness rating.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl