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
PublicAdults, general public, Hartsville/Trousdale County, Tennessee, USA, 1975
Respondents N =288

Author's labelPerceived effects ofnuclear plants new in town
Our classificationAttitudes to local political issues
Ss were shown a list of 27 events that might accompany 
the construction or operation of a nuclear plant at 
five miles of the centre of the town. The likelyhood of 
these events was rated as a 7-point scale ranging from 
(1) 'certain' to (7) impossible'. 

1. Social disruption: a.o. traffic    congestions, more 
bars, crowding in    schools, increasing noise, crime,  
  drugs problems, increasing taxes and    housing 

2. Health hazards: a.o. radiation, and    

3. Increased business: a.o. more    stores, more public 
entertainment,    etc.

4. Outside attentions: a.o. public    recognition of 
the town and the town    becomes a tourist attraction.

5. Individual economic benefit: a.o.    increased land 
value, more jobs,    better paying jobs and better 
Likelyhood scores:
all      happy     unhappy

Observed Relation with Happiness
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-ar=-.02 ns
2.45     2.50      2.50

C-BW-c-sq-l-11-ar=+.10 ns
3.88     3.95      3.80

C-BW-c-sq-l-11-ar=-.01 ns
2.99     2.97      3.00

C-BW-c-sq-l-11-ar=-.05 ns
2.82     2.80      2.81

C-BW-c-sq-l-11-ar=+.05 ns
2.87     2.90      2.86

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
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]

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.
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.