Correlational finding on Happiness and subject: Attitudes to local political issues

StudyLounsbury et al. (1979): study US Tennessee 1975
TitleThe Relationship of Avowed Life Satisfaction to Public Acceptance of and Expectations about a Nuclear Power Plant.
SourceJournal of Community Psychology, 1979, Vol. 7, 298 - 304
URLhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/1520-6629(197910)7:4%3C298::AID-JCOP2290070404%3E3.0.CO;2-M/pdf
PublicAdults, general public, Hartsville/Trousdale County, Tennessee, USA, 1975
Sample
Non-Response
Respondents N =288

Correlate
Author's labelConsistency of attitude to nuclear plant in town
Page in Source 302
Our classificationAttitudes to local political issues
Operationalization
Correlation between acceptance of the building of a 
nuclear plant and perceptions of hazards and benefits.
1. acceptance - disruption 
2. acceptance - health hazards 
3. acceptance - increased business 
4. acceptance - attention for town 
5. acceptance - economic benefit
Remarks




Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-ar=
r=+.47   r=+.49   difference ns
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-ar=
r=+.62   r=+.60   difference ns
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-ar=
r=.+34   r=+.10   difference significant (p<05)
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-ar=
r=+.34   r=+.12   difference significant (p<05)
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-ar=
r=+.45   r=+.40   difference ns
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-amr=
mr=+.44 mr=+.34


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-aSelfreport on single question:

Here is a picture of a ladder. Suppose we say that the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom represents the worst possible life for you. Where on the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time?
[ 10 ] best possible life
[ 9 ]
[ 8 ]
[ 7 ]
[ 6 ]
[ 5 ]
[ 4 ]
[ 3 ]
[ 2 ]
[ 1 ]
[ 0 ] worst possible life


Preceded by 1) open questions about what the respondent imagines as the best possible life and the worst possible life. 2) ratings on the ladder of one's life five years ago and where on the ladder one expects to stand five years from now.

Name: Cantril's self anchoring ladder rating of life (original)


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
mrMean correlation coefficient (r).
For r, see PRODUCT-MOMENT CORRELATION
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