Correlational finding on Happiness and subject: Earlier satisfaction with leisure

StudyHoopes & Lounsbury (1989): study US 1985
TitleAn Investigation of Life Satisfaction Following a Vacation: A Domain Specific Approach.
SourceJournal of Community Psychology, 1989, Vol. 17, 129 - 140
PublicWorking adults, USA, before and after vacation, 198?,
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
Respondents N =129

Author's labelSatisfaction with nature during vacation
Page in Source 132,133,134
Our classificationEarlier satisfaction with leisure
Self report on satisfaction with:
- the scenery
- the weather
- opportunities for being close to nature
- opportunities for escape
during vacation

Assessed on a 1-7 scale: 1 delighted...7 terrible
Observed distributionN=121 M=2,13 SD=,99
Error Estimatesalpha=.74
Assessed at T2 during vacation (retrospectively at T3)

Observed Relation with Happiness
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-ar=+.18 ns
T1 life satisfaction (before vacation) by T2 
satisfaction with nature (during vacation)
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-ar=+.26 ns
T2 Satisfaction with nature (during vacation) and 
T3 life satisfaction (after vacation)

Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-aSelfreport on single question:

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

Name: Andrews & Withey's `Delighted-Terrible Scale' (original version)

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.