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
Respondents N =144

Author's labelSeverity of renal disease
Our classificationRenal failure (n17-19), code H14ad14a
a   physician's rating
b   mothers's rating
c   patient's own rating

Observed Relation with Happiness
M-AO-g-mq-v-5-ar=-.18 ns
M-AO-g-mq-v-5-ar=-.18 ns
M-AO-g-mq-v-5-ar=-.15 ns
M-AO-g-mq-v-5-ar=-.15 ns
M-AO-g-mq-v-5-ar=-.22 p < .05

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
rPRODUCT-MOMENT CORRELATION COEFFICIENT (Also "Pearson's correlation coefficient' or simply 'correlation coefficient')
Type: test statistic.
Measurement level: Correlate: metric, Happiness: metric
Range: [-1; +1]

r = 0 no correlation ,
r = 1 perfect correlation, where high correlate values correspond with high happiness values, and
r = -1 perfect correlation, where high correlate values correspond with low happiness values.
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.