Correlational finding on Happiness and Preferred work-conditions
Subject code: W05ac02

StudyBachman et al. (1978): study US 1966
TitleYouth in Transition, Vol. VI. Adolescence to Adulthood. Change and Stability in the Lives of Young Men.
SourceInstitute for Social Research, 1978, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
PublicPublic highschool boys followed 8 years from grade 10, USA, 1966-74
Non-Response2.8% at T1, 17.2% at T2, 21.0% at T3, 28.9% at T4, 28.5% at T5
Respondents N =1628

Author's labelPreference for 'a job that pays off'
Our classificationPreferred work-conditions, code W05ac02
6-item index of closed qestions indicating preference 
for:steady job, learning new things, good chances for 
getting ahead, good pay, using one's skills, nice 
friendly collegues. 
Scale: 1.00 = low to 4.00 = high. Assessed at T1, T2, 
T3, T4 and T5

Observed Relation with Happiness
         Preference for 'a job that pays off'
       T1       T2   T3       T4       T5
T1    .22      .15  .11 (01) .10 (01) .09 (05)
T2    .15      .20  .12      .11 (01) .11 (01)
T3    .10 (01) .16  .17      .10 (01) .08 (05)
T4    .11 (01) .13  .11 (01) .15      .07 (ns) All 
tau's positive with (001) unless indicated 
T1:1966, T2:1968, T3:1969, T4:1970, T5:1974

Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-HP-g-mq-v-5-aSelfreport on 6 questions:

" Describe the kind of person you are. Please read each sentence, then mark how often it is true for you"
1 I feel like smiling
2 I generally feel in good spirits
3 I feel happy
4 I am very satisfied with life
5 I find a good deal of happiness in life
6 I feel sad

Response options:
5 almost always true
4 often true
3 sometimes true
2 seldom true
1 never true

Summation: average
Possible range: 1 to 5

Appendix 2: Statistics used
tauGOODMAN & Kruskal's TAU
Type: descriptive statistic only.
Measurement level: Correlate: nominal, Happiness: ordinal
Range: [0; +1]

tau = 0 knowledge of the correlate value does not improve the prediction quality of the happiness rating.
tau = 1 knowledge of the correlate value enables a perfect (error-free) prediction of the happiness rating.
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.