Correlational finding on Happiness and Modernity of community
Subject code: L17ab03

StudyMastekaasa & Moum (1984): study NO 1971
TitleThe Perceived Quality of Life in Norway: Regional Variations and Contextual Effects.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 1984, Vol. 14, 385 - 419
DOIDOI:10.1007/BF00300450
Public15-64 aged, general public, Norway, 1971
Sample
Non-Response15%
Respondents N =854

Correlate
Author's labelTraditionalism of the county
Page in Source 411
Our classificationModernity of community, code L17ab03
Operationalization
Factor loading highly on:
- divorce rate
- alcohol consumption per capita
- electoral support for Christian
  People's Party
- emigration per 1000 inhabitants
- immigration per 1000 inhabitants
- percentage with no religious  
  denomination 
The counties of southern and western Norway are most 
traditionalistic in this respect.

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-HL-c-sq-v-4-dBeta=-.04 ns
 controlled for education, income, age, sex, 
household size, occupational prestige, number of 
friends, occupationally active, marital status.  


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-HL-c-sq-v-4-dSelfreport on single question:

Do you feel that your life at present is.....?
4 very happy
3 quite happy
2 unhappy
1 very unhappy


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.
http://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl