Correlational finding on Happiness and subject: Long term happiness (< 10 years ago)

StudyBlock (1971): study US 1936
TitleLives through Time.
SourceBancroft Books, 1971, Berkeley, USA
PublicHighschool pupils, followed from age 11 to 35, USA, 1936-1957
Sample
Non-Response65% dropout, 11% incomplete data
Respondents N =160

Correlate
Author's labelEarlier cheerfulness
Page in Source 302-307
Our classificationLong term happiness (< 10 years ago)
Operationalization
Rating on the basis of interview-protocols by 
independent judges of cheerfulness as personality 
descriptive variable from most uncharacteristic to most 
characteristic of the subject. Rated on a scale ranging 
from 1 to 9.

Happiness assessed at:
T1: junior high school: age 11-14,1936
T2: senior high school: age 14-17,1942
T3: fourth decade:      age 28-35,1957

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
A-CP-g-rc-?-9-amr=+.54
T1 by T2 happiness:
males:   r=+.57 (001)
         r corrected for attenuation =+.75
females: r=+.50 (001)
         r corrected for attenuation =+.69  
Females tend to become less happy between T1 and 
T2. The individual rankorder is largly maintained 
(conclusion based on corrected r).

A-CP-g-rc-?-9-amr=+.31
T2 by T3 happiness:
males:   r=+.26 (05) 
         r corrected for attenuation =+.34
females: r=+.36 (001)
         r corrected for attenuation =+.46
Females tend to become more happy between T2 and 
T3. The individual rankorder changes considerably
(conclusion based on corrected r).


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
A-CP-g-rc-?-9-aClinical rating of cheerfulness.

Rating on the basis of interview-protocols by 2 or 3 independent judges of cheerfulness as personality descriptive variable from most uncharacteristic to most characteristic of the subject.

Rating options: scale rating from 1 to 9 (scale options not reported)


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
mrMean correlation coefficient (r).
For r, see PRODUCT-MOMENT CORRELATION
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl