Correlational finding on Happiness and subject: Earlier life (antecedents of happiness)

StudyAjrouch (2007): study US Detroit 2001
TitleResources and Well-being among Arab-American elders
SourceJournal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, (2007), 22: 167-182
DOIdoi: 10/1007/10823-006-9033-z
Public56+aged, Arab-Americans, USA, 2001-2002
SampleNon-probability snowball sample
Non-Response
Respondents N =101

Correlate
Author's labelUS born
Page in Source 172, 175
Our classificationEarlier life (antecedents of happiness)
Operationalization
1: born in the United States
0: born outside the United States
Observed distributionN = 1: 38

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-SLW-c-sq-v-7-grs=+.23 p < .05
O-SLW-c-sq-v-7-gBeta=+.22 p < .05
Beta controled for:
- gender
- age
O-SLW-c-sq-v-7-gBeta=+.16 ns
Beta controled for:
- gender
- age
- human capital
  - education
  - income
O-SLW-c-sq-v-7-gBeta=+.18 ns
Beta controled for:
- gender
- age
- human capital
  - bilingual
  - English fluent
O-SLW-c-sq-v-7-gBeta=+.20 p < .10
Beta controled for:
- gender
- age
- social capital: child
  - get on nerves
  - makes too many demands
O-SLW-c-sq-v-7-gBeta=+.23 p < .10
Beta controled for:
- gender
- age
- social capital: spouse
  - get on nerves
  - makes too many demands


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-SLW-c-sq-v-7-gSelfreport on single question:

How satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days?
7 completely satisfied
6 quite satisfied
5 somewhat satisfied
4 neither satisfied nor dissatisfied
3 somewhat dissatisfied
2 quite dissatisfied
1 completely dissatisfied


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
BetaSTANDARDIZED REGRESSION COEFFICIENT by LEAST SQUARES (OLS)
Type: test statistic.

Measurement level: Correlates: all metric, Happiness: metric.
Range: [-1 ; +1]

Meaning:
beta > 0 a higher correlate level corresponds to a higher happiness rating on average.
beta < 0 a higher correlate level corresponds to a higher happiness rating on average.
beta = 0 no correlation.
beta = + 1 or -1 perfect correlation.
rsSPEARMAN'S RANK CORRELATION COEFFICIENT
Type: test statistic
Measurement level: Correlate: ordinal, Happiness: ordinal.
Range: [-1; +1]

Meaning:
rs = 0 no rank correlation
rs = 1 perfect rank correlation, where high correlate values are associated with high happiness ratings
rs =-1 perfect rank correlation, where high correlate values are associated with low happiness ratings
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl