Correlational finding on Happiness and Political participation
Subject code: P09ab02

StudyBarnes et al. (1979): study AT 1974
TitlePersonal Dissatisfaction.
SourceBarnes, S.H.;Kaase, M.;Eds.: "Political Action: Mass Participation in Five Western Democracies", Sage, 1979, Beverly Hills, USA, 381 - 407
Public16+ aged, general public, Austria, 1974
SampleProbability stratified sample
Non-Response36%
Respondents N =1584

Correlate
Author's labelType of Political Actors
Page in Source 393
Our classificationPolitical participation , code P09ab02
Operationalization
Type of political actors:                  
a: Inactives       
b: Conformists
c: Reformists
d: Activists
e: Protesters
This typology is based on two Guttman scales of the:
1) the Conventional Political Participation 
   Scale(none activities,read newspaper, 
   discuss politics, work in community, 
   work in political party, convince 
   friends, attain political rally) and
2) the Protest Potential Scale (none 
   activities, signing petition, attending 
   lawful demonstrations,joining boycotts, 
   refusing to pay rent or tax, occupying 
   buildings, blocking traffic, joining 
   wildcat strikes)
Observed distributionN% a; 34,9 b: 19,2 c: 20,9 d: 5,9 e: 19,1 Total N: 1265
Remarks
See Barnes, Kaase, 1979 p.: 153-157

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-kaDM=-
a: Mt= 7,1
b: Mt= 7,3
c: Mt= 7,2
d: Mt= 7,3
e: Mt= 7,4


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-kaSelfreport on single question:

How satisfied are you with life as a whole these days.....?
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
0
(Scale labels not reported)


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
DMDIFFERENCE of MEANS
Type: descriptive statistic only.
Measurement level: Correlate: dichotomous, Happiness: metric
Range: depending on the happiness rating scale of the author; range symmetric about zero.

Meaning: the difference of the mean happiness, as measured on the author's rating scale, between the two correlate levels.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl