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

StudyVanBeuningen et al. (2014): study NL 2012
TitleMeasuring Well-Being. An Analysis of Different Response Scales.
SourceDiscussion Paper 2014/03,, Statistics Netherlands, 2014, The Hague, The Netherlands
Public18+ aged, general public, Netherlands, 2012
SampleProbability area sample
Non-Response
Respondents N =5556

Correlate
Author's labelLife satisfaction on different scale types
Page in Source 13,14
Our classificationO-SL by O-SL
Operationalization
Answers to same question on life satisfaction scored on 
different response scales:  
To what extend do you consider yourself to lead a 
satisfied live?
A: 10 step numerical scale
     1: completely dissatisfied
        :
   10: completely satisfied
B: 11 step numerical scale
       0: completely dissatisfied
         :
      10: completely satisfied
C: 11 step numerical scale with midpoint
        0: completely dissatisfied
          :
        5: neither dissatisfied or satisfied
          :
     10: completely satisfied

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-SLL-c-sq-n-10-aD%=
% life satisfaction (score 7 or more)
- on scale A: 85%
O-SLL-c-sq-n-11-aaD%=
- on scale B: 85%
O-SLL-c-sq-n-11-abD%=
- on scale C: 83%

No significant difference in % life satisfaction 
on scale A, B and C.
O-SLL-c-sq-n-10-aDM=
Average scores
- on scale A: 7.65
O-SLL-c-sq-n-11-aaDM=
- on scale B: 7.56
O-SLL-c-sq-n-11-abDM=
- on scale C: 7.56


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-SLL-c-sq-n-10-aSelfreport on single question

'Taken all together, how satisfied are you with the life you currently lead? Please indicate on this scale. 10 means that you are completely satisfied and 1 means that you are completely dissatisfied.'
10 completely satisfied
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1 completely dissatisfied
O-SLL-c-sq-n-11-aaSelfreport on single question:

How satisfied are you with the life you lead at the moment?
0 completely dissatisfied
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10 completely satisfied
O-SLL-c-sq-n-11-abSelfreport on single question:

How satisfied are you with the life you lead at the moment?
0 completely dissatisfied
1
2
3
4
5 neither dissatisfied nor satisfied
6
7
8
9
10 completely satisfied


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
D%DIFFERENCE in PERCENTAGES
Type: descriptive statistic only.
Measurement level: Correlate level: dichotomous, but nominal or ordinal theoretically possible as well. Happiness level: dichotomous
Range: [-100; +100]

Meaning: the difference of the percentages happy people at two correlate levels.
DMDIFFERENCE of MEANS
Type: descriptive statistic only.
Measurement level: Correlate: dichotomous, Happiness: metric
Range: depending on the happiness rating scale of the author; range symmetric about zero.

Meaning: the difference of the mean happiness, as measured on the author's rating scale, between the two correlate levels.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl