Correlational finding on Happiness and Current interests
Subject code: I05ab

StudyCasas et al. (2003): study ES Cataluna 1999
TitleStrategies to Achieve Goals Related to TV or Computer Activities: Their Correlates with Adolescents' Well-Being.
SourcePaper, 5th Conference of the International Society for Quality - of - Life Studies, July 2003, Frankfurt, Germany
Public12-16 aged, secondary schools pupils, Catalunya, Spain, 1999
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
Respondents N =968

Author's labelThings on TV they would like to do
Page in Source 7,12,13,15
Our classificationCurrent interests, code I05ab
Analysis of a two-part open-ended question:
Part 1:
A. have you ever seen anyone on tv doing soomething 
that you would like to do, and you think you could do? 
Answers were analysed in two ways:
1 yes 
2 no.
B. if answer was positive, researchers classified into 
three answer categories the answers of adolescents who 
report what they would like doing:
1 related to sport 
2 media related activities
3 travelling or adventure activities.
Part2: If you have done it how did you go about doing 
what you have seen?  Answer categories:
1 nothing 
2 training or learning 
3 trying or demanding.
Observed distributionA. N=861; N = 1: 78,3%, 2: 21,7%. B. N=374; N = 1: 60,2%, 2: 31,8%, 3: 8%.
Part 1, B: Boys preferred more sports and girls more 
media related activities. Age has nothing to do with 

Observed Relation with Happiness
O-SL?-?-sq-?-5-aF= ns
Part 1, B

Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-SL?-?-sq-?-5-aSelfreport on single question:

(Full text not reported)
1 -
5 +
(Response options: not reported)

Appendix 2: Statistics used
Type: asymmetric standard test statistic.
Range: nonnegative unlimited

Meaning : the test statistic is also called the "Variance Ratio" and is the ratio of two independent estimators of the same variance with n1 and n2 degrees of freedom respectively. The critical values of its probability distribution are tabulated extensively in almost any textbook on Statistics
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.