Correlational finding on Happiness and Amount of worrying
Subject code: W07ab01

StudyBradburn (1969): study US 1963
TitleThe Structure of Psychological Well-Being.
SourceAldine Publishing, 1969, Chicago, USA
Public21-60 aged, urban areas, USA, 1963 - 64
Non-Response 20%, Attrition 30%
Respondents N =2787

Author's labelAmount of worries
Our classificationAmount of worrying, code W07ab01
12-item index of questions on worries during the past 
few weeks about: 
Each rated yes/no.
1.  not having enough money
2.  financial debts
3.  work
4.  getting along with wife / husband /
    girlfriend / boyfriend
5.  moving ahead in the world
6.  one's children
7.  sexual problems
8.  people one has troubles with
9.  health
10. things that happen in one's neigh-
11. world situation
12. growing old

(Adapted from Srole et al., 1962).

Data T1. Results T3 similar. 
Not computed for summed ABS.

Observed Relation with Happiness
Index of Positive Affects:
- Males   : G= +.00
- Females : G= -.03

Index of Negative Affects:
- Males   : G= +.40
- Females : G= +.41

Unaffected by expecting a nervous breakdown.

Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
A-BB-cm-mq-v-2-aSelfreport on 10 questions:

During the past few weeks, did you ever feel ....? (yes/no)
A Particularly exited or interested in something?
B So restless that you couldn't sit long in a chair?
C Proud because someone complimented you on something
you had done?
D Very lonely or remote from other people?
E Pleased about having accomplished something?
F Bored?
G On top of the world?
H Depressed or very unhappy?
I That things were going your way?
J Upset because someone criticized you?

Answer options and scoring:
yes = 1
no = 0
-Positive Affect Score (PAS): A+C+E+G+I
-Negative Affect Score (NAS): B+D+F+H+J
-Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS minus NAS
Possible range: -5 to +5

Name: Bradburn's 'Affect Balance Scale' (standard version)

Appendix 2: Statistics used
Type: test statistic
Measurement level: Correlate: ordinal, Happinessl: ordinal
Range: [-1; +1]

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.
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.