Correlational finding on Happiness and Renal failure (n17-19)
Subject code: H14ad14a

StudySimmons et al. (1977): study US 1972 /1
TitleGift of Life: The Social and Psychological Impact of Organ Transplantation.
SourceWiley, 1977, London, UK
Public8-20 aged renal (ex-)patients and controls, USA, 1972-1973
Sample
Non-Response
Respondents N =144

Correlate
Author's labelChronic kidney disease
Our classificationRenal failure (n17-19), code H14ad14a
Operationalization
0 controls (Baltimore school children)
1 chronically ill children

0 controls (siblings, normal)
1 chronically ill children

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
M-AO-g-mq-v-5-aG=+.05 ns
M-AO-g-mq-v-5-aG=-.12 p < .01
M-AO-g-mq-v-5-atc=-.03 ns

M-AO-g-mq-v-5-aG=+.12 p < .001
M-AO-g-mq-v-5-aG=-.07 ns
M-AO-g-mq-v-5-atc=-.04 ns


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
M-AO-g-mq-v-5-aSelfreport on 6 questions:

A On the whole, how happy would you say you are?
B On the whole, I think I am a quite happy person.
C In general, how would you say you feel most of the time -in
good or in low spirits?
D I get a lot of fun out of life.
E I wish I could be as happy as others seem to be.
F How often do you feel downcast and rejected?

Response options: not reported

The items of this scale were randomly distributed in the questionnaire.

Name: Rosen 'Depressive Affect Scale'


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.
tcKENDALL'S TAU-C (Also referred to as Stuart's tau-c)
Type: test statistic
Measurement level: Correlate: ordinal, Happiness: ordinal
Range: [-1; +1]

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