How to search for correlational findings
There are 3 steps involved in getting at the lowest level, being an abstract of a
- Use one of the three methods of selecting subjects within the classification system
- Select one of the Subjects
- Select one the Correlational findings that belong to the selected Subject.
The Search-page is divided into frames, corresponding to the steps as given above, the
finding will be shown in a new window.
Step 1: Selecting Subjects
Step 2: Selecting a single Subject from the list
Step 3: Select a Corrlational Finding from the list
Additional instructions on how to search are in the following sections:
The many (over 15000) correlational findings (further on called abstracts) are
categorized into 2300 subject categories (called subject further on), the
subjects are further categorized into main subject categories, called main subjects.
There are approximately 130 main subjects.
The subjects are identified with a code that consists of a character and a number. For
example: findings on the relation between happiness and schooling are grouped in the
subject category 'Education', subject code E1.
Subjects may refer to other subjects that are related, the reference subjects are also shown.
Main subjects are subdivided systematically.
- Subdivisions distinguish between states of the person and states of the environment. In
the case of education: 'Own education' and 'Climate of education'.
- The personal aspect is subdivided in at least three classes: 1) its development over
time, 2) its Current status, 3) attitudes towards the subject. For instance: the subject
category 'Own education' is subdivided in E 1.1 'Educational career', E 1.2 'Current
education' and E 1.3 'Attitudes to one's education'.
Further sub-divisions vary by subject.
Step 1: Selection of Subjects
You can use one of the following methods to select the subject(s) in which you are interested:
- Use the classification system to expand to a main subject.
The classification system is further expanded with higher level classifications up till the highest level, eg how one lives, how well one lives etc.
Expand this classification until you arrive at a main subject. Click on the hyperlink and the expansion of the main subject will be shown in the Subject frame.
- Search the descriptions of all subjects for containing a keyword that you specify.
The result will be shown in the subject frame. The result may be:
- a number of main subjects. Expand the main subjects to see the full classification.
- A number of subjects that are not main subjects.
- Select one of the main subjects in the alphabetical list of main subjects.
Step 2: Selection of a Single Subject
In the subject frame, per subject the following will be displayed:
- Subject Code: This may be a hyperlink, in that case it represents a subject that
If it is not a hyperlink (plain black) it is or the time being empty. It serves for conceptual
orientation and to mark white spots.
- Subject description
- References to related subjects (in Italics). Clicking on the reference will show the studies that belong to this reference.
- The number of Correlational findings for that subject, or in other words studies that have assessed the statistical
relationship between happiness and that subject.
Click on a subject-code; in the study frame a list of the Correlational findings will appear.
Step 3: Selection of a Correlational Finding
Click on a study-code of the Correlational Finding that you want to see in more detail.
A new browser window will open, that contains an abstract of the Correlational finding observed in that study.
The abstract provides detailed information on sampling, measurement and statistics of the correlate.
Press the 'legenda' button for full description of the information.
Use the print button to print an abstract.
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