Correlational finding on Happiness and Friendship density
Subject code: N14ab03a

StudyLeepin (1978): study ZZ 1974 /3
TitleLe Monde Entier Interviewé. (The Entire World Interviewed).
SourceLa Baloise, Groupe des Assurances, 1978, Bâle, Switzerland
Public15+ aged, general public, 17 countries, 1974-1976
Sample
Non-Response
Respondents N =4617

Correlate
Author's labelFriendship density
Page in Source 123
Our classificationFriendship density, code N14ab03a
Operationalization
Average number of friends per country.
Number of friends assessed by a single direct question.

Average number of friends per country:
USA                  9.3   
Australia            8.1   
Scandinavia          7.8  
Brasil               6.6
Great Britain        5.9
Germany              5.8
Benelux countries    5.8
Italy                5.5
France               5.5
Japan                5.2
Mexico               2.5
India                1.7    

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-SLW-c-sq-?-10-ars=+.87 p < .001
               rankorder of          rankorder of
               number of friends     satisfaction
USA                  1                    3
Australia            2                    1
Scandinavia          3                    2
Brasil               4                    6
Great Brittain       5                    4
Germany              6                    5
Benelux                                   
countries            6                    8
Italy                8                   10 
France               8                    9
Japan               10                   11
Mexico              11                    7
India               12                   12


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-SLW-c-sq-?-10-aSelfreport on single question:

"Now, taking everything about your life into account, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with your life today.....?"

1 -
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10 +
Response options not reported.


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
rsSPEARMAN'S RANK CORRELATION COEFFICIENT
Type: test statistic
Measurement level: Correlate: ordinal, Happiness: ordinal.
Range: [-1; +1]

Meaning:
rs = 0 « no rank correlation
rs = 1 « perfect rank correlation, where high correlate values are associated with high happiness ratings
rs =-1 « perfect rank correlation, where high correlate values are associated with low happiness ratings
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl