Correlational finding on Happiness and subject: Vs co-habiting

StudyBreslin et al. (2013): study GB 2009
TitleSocio-Demographic and Behavioural Differences ans Associations with Happiness for Those Who Are in Good and Poor Health.
SourceInternational Journal of Happiness and Development, 2013, Vol. 1, 142 - 154
URLhttps://doi.org/10.1504/IJHD.2013.055641
Public16+ aged general public Northern Ireland, 2009
SampleProbability multi-stage random
Non-Response45,4%
Respondents N =4663

Correlate
Author's labelMarital status
Page in Source 148
Our classificationVs co-habiting
Operationalization
a: Married/living as married
b: Single (reference)
c: Widowed
d: Divorced/separated
e: Living in civil partnership

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-HL-u-sq-n-10-hOR=1.53 p < .05
Married/living as married     (vs single)
CI95[1.29-1.83]
O-HL-u-sq-n-10-hOR=0.83 ns
Widowed                       (vs single)
CI95[0.63-1.10]
O-HL-u-sq-n-10-hOR=0.78 ns
Divorced/separated            (vs single)
CI95[0.60-1.00]
O-HL-u-sq-n-10-hOR=1.04 ns
Living in a civil partnership (vs single)
CI95[0.34-3.20]

OR's similar among people in good or bad health

OR's controled for:
- age
- social class

Happiness dichotomized: <7 vs 7 or more


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-HL-u-sq-n-10-hSelf report on single question:

In general, how happy would you say you are?
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
Labels of scale ends not reported

1. Least happy score
2
3
-
-
10. Most happy score


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
OROR: Odds ratio in binary logistic regression.

Happiness is a binary or dichotomous variable with Happy =1 and Unhappy=0.

OR < 1 indicates that the odds of being happy-to-being unhappy
decreases by a factor OR when

1) the corresponding metric correlate increases by one unit
2) the corresponding category of a categorical correlate is compared to the reference category.

OR > 1 indicates an increase by a factor OR for both the above cases.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl