Correlational finding on Happiness and subject: Satisfaction with local shops

StudyLee et al. (2002): study US 1997
TitleDeveloping a Subjective Measure of Consumers Well-Being.
SourceJournal of Macromarketing, 2002, Vol. 22, 158 - 169
DOIDOI:10.1177/0276146702238219
Public18+ aged, students, USA, 199?
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
Non-Response
Respondents N =298

Correlate
Author's labelSatisfaction with do-it-yourself repairs
Page in Source 164,166
Our classificationSatisfaction with local shops
Operationalization
Selfreport on 8 questions:

People who do their own repair work often require 
materials and services that help them get the job done. 
Please indicate how you feel about the materials and 
services available in your community.

a. Price of replacement parts and tools
b. Quality of advice or assistance provided by 
retailers, friends, and others in the community
c. The completeness and intelligibility of 
owners'manuals or assembly instructions
d. Availability of necessary replacement parts and 
tools
e. The technical support provided by manufacturers
f. Quailty of replacement parts and tools
g. Availability of "how-to-repair" workshops
h. The availability of stores specializing in parts and 
tools, that is, places such as auto parts, building 
supplies, and hardware stores.

Rated:
1=awful
2=bad
3=unsatisfactory
4=neutral
5=satisfactory
6=good
7=wonderful
0=no opinion, missing value

Composite index is average of 8 formative single 
indicators.

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-ar=+.21 p < .05
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-aBeta=-.02 ns
Beta controlled for satisfaction with:
- job
- family
- finance
- health
- education
- friendships
- leisure
- neighbors
- community
- spiritual
- taxes
- environment
- political situation
- housing
- cultural life
- social life

Unaffected by additional control for satisfaction 
with:
- acquisitions
- possessions
- consumption
- repair services
- disposition
(consumer well-being)


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
SymbolExplanation
BetaSTANDARDIZED REGRESSION COEFFICIENT by LEAST SQUARES (OLS)
Type: test statistic.

Measurement level: Correlates: all metric, Happiness: metric.
Range: [-1 ; +1]

Meaning:
beta > 0 a higher correlate level corresponds to a higher happiness rating on average.
beta < 0 a higher correlate level corresponds to a higher happiness rating on average.
beta = 0 no correlation.
beta = + 1 or -1 perfect correlation.
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