Correlational finding on Happiness and Socio-demographic + environmental factors
Subject code: S15ab02

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 labelJoint effects
Page in Source 411
Our classificationSocio-demographic + environmental factors, code S15ab02
Operationalization
A Personal characteristics:
  a education
  b income
  c age
  d sex
  e household size
  f occupational prestige
  g number of friends
  h occupationally active
  i marital status
B County characteristics:
  a economic prosperity
  b traditionalism

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-HL-c-sq-v-4-dRČ=.165
A










0,7% increment in variance explained when county 
characteristics are entered after personal 
characteristics.
O-HL-c-sq-v-4-dRČ=.172
A+B


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
COEFFICIENT of DETERMINATION
Type: test statistic
Measurement level: Correlates: all metric, Happiness: metric
Range: [0; 1]

Meaning:
RČ = 0 « no influence of any correlate in this study has been established.
RČ = 1 « the correlates determine the happiness completely.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
http://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl