Correlational finding on Happiness and Method of interrogation
Subject code: I06aa03

StudyHeadey & Wearing (1981): study AU AU Victoria 1978
TitleAustralians' Priorities, Satisfaction and Well-Being.
SourceMonograph in Public Policy Studies, nr. 4, University of Melbourne, 1981, Australia
PublicAdults, general public, Melbourne, Australia, 1978-1981
SampleProbability simple random sample
Respondents N =31

Author's labelIn-depth interview
Page in Source 25
Our classificationMethod of interrogation, code I06aa03
In-depths interview by a qualified psychologist 
involving open questions and probes about various 
topics, such as activities, friendships, sources of 
self-fullfiment and life-satisfaction. Transcripts of 
the interviews were then scored by two coders, who were 
unaware of the surveys results. 

The coders scored life-satisfaction using the 1-9 
Delighted-Terrible scale
only 23 of 31 respondents interviewed were available 
for scores of the survey

Observed Relation with Happiness
O-DT-u-sqt-v-9-ar=+.43 p < .05
Self-rating (from survey) by coder(1)-rating (from 
interview) both on the same 1-9 D-T scale
O-DT-u-sqt-v-9-ar=+.33 ns
Self-rating (from survey) by coder(2)-rating (from 
interview) both on the same 1-9 D-T scale

Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-DT-u-sqt-v-9-aSelfreport on single question asked twice

'How do you feel about your life as a whole?'
1 terrible
2 very unhappy
3 unhappy
4 mostly dissatisfied
5 mixed feelings
6 mostly satisfied
7 pleased
8 very pleased
9 delighted

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.