Correlational finding on Happiness and subject: O-SL by C-RW

StudyMichalos & Kahlke (2010): study CA British Columbia 2005
TitleStability and Sensitivity in Perceived Quality of Life Measures: Some Panel Results.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 2010, Vol. 98, 403 - 434
DOIDOI:10.1007/s11205-009-9554-2
PublicAdults, British Comumbia, Canada, followed 3 years, 2005-2007
SampleProbability simple random sample
Non-Response
Respondents N =462

Correlate
Author's labelSelf-want
Page in Source 410, 411, 415
Our classificationO-SL by C-RW
Operationalization
Selfreport on single question:

How satisfied are you with the gap between what you 
have and want
1  very dissatisfied
2  somewhat dissatisfied
3  a little dissatisfied
4  about evenly balanced
5  a little satisfied
6  somewhat satisfied
7  very satisfied
Observed distributionMean: 5.46 SD: 0.98 Average 3 waves, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Remarks
Multiple Discrepancies Theory 
(MDT, Michalos 1985)

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-SLW-c-sq-v-7-fr=+.77 p < .01
O-HL-u-sq-v-7-fr=+.79 p < .01
O-QLS-c-sq-v-7-ar=+.79 p < .01


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

Considering your life as a whole, how happy would you say you are?
1 very unhappy
2 somewhat unhappy
3 a little unhappy
4 evenly balanced
5 a little happy
6 somewhat happy
7 very happy
O-QLS-c-sq-v-7-aSelfreport on single question:

In general my present quality of life is:
1 as bad as it could possibly be
2
3
4 neither good nor bad
5
6
7 as good as it could possibly be

Response options labeled as: +3 (as good as it could possibly be), 0 (neither good nor bad) and -3 (as bad as it could possibly be).

Item in ADDQoL (Audit of Diabetes Dependent Quality of Life)
O-SLW-c-sq-v-7-fSelfreport on single question:

Here are some features of people’s lives affecting them today. Please indicate how satisfied you are with each of them....
How satisfied are you with your life as-a-whole?
1 very dissatisfied
2 somewhat dissatisfied
3 a little dissatisfied
4 about evenly balanced
5 a little satisfied
6 somewhat satisfied
7 very satisfied


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
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