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 doesn't bug me'
Our classificationPreferred work-conditions, code W05ac02
7-item index of closed questions indicating preference 
for: no one to boss me, don't have to work too hard, 
clean job, not a lot of responsability, lot of free 
time, high prestige, not learning a lot of new things. 
Scale: 1.00 = low to 4.00 = high importance for a job 
that doesn't bug me. Assessed at T1, T2, T3, T4 and T5

Observed Relation with Happiness
     Preference for 'a job that doesn't bug me'
        T1      T2      T3      T4      T5
T1    -.08    -.10    -.08    -.04 ns -.05 ns
T2    -.08    -.15    -.13    -.13    -.09 ns
T3    -.08    -.12    -.18    -.14    -.12
T4    -.06 ns -.10    -.15    -.18    -.15
All tau's significant, unless indicated otherwise
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.