Correlational finding on Happiness and Mental handicap
Subject code: H02ab01b

StudyCameron (1975): study US 1970
TitleMood as an Indicant of Happiness: Age, Sex, Social Class and Situational Differences.
SourceJournal of Gerontology, 1975, Vol. 30, 216 - 224
PublicCollege students, Detroit, USA, 197?
SampleNon-probability chunk sample
Non-Response?
Respondents N =187

Correlate
Author's labelThinking about something other than situation at hand
Page in Source 218/220
Our classificationMental handicap, code H02ab01b
Operationalization
Time sampling, the question asked 21 times during 10 
weeks: "How or to what degree were your thoughts tied 
to the situation at hand(class or classmates)? 
Completely, remotely or unrelated.

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
A-ARE-cq-sqr-v-3-ar=
Completely:
Happy   mood: r=-.23  (01) 
Neutral mood: r=+.05  ns
Unhappy mood: r=-.06  ns

Remotely:
Happy   mood: r=+.17  (05) 
Neutral mood: r=-.27  (001) 
Unhappy mood: r=+.15  (05)

Unrelated:
Happy   mood: r=+.12  ns
Neutral mood: r=+.03  ns
Unhappy mood: r=-.07  ns

Happiness assessed by time sampling. Correlations 
concern frequency of report of happy, neutral or 
sad mood.


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
A-ARE-cq-sqr-v-3-aSelfreport on single question, asked 21 times in a period of 10 weeks (experience sampling)

How would you characterize your mood or impulse of the last instant....?
3 happy
2 neutral
1 sad

Summation: average of 21 scores.


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
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]

Meaning:
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.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl