Correlational finding on Happiness and subject: Current characteristics of the farm

StudyMolnar (1985): study US 1981
TitleDeterminants of Subjective Well-Being among Farm Operators.
SourceRural Sociology, 1985, Vol. 50, 141 - 162
PublicFarm operators, Alabama, USA, 1981
Respondents N =705

Author's labelFarm structure and individual characteristics
Page in Source 156
Our classificationCurrent characteristics of the farm
A   Farm structure characteristics':
     a  gross farm sales
     b  land operated
     c  percent farm income
     d total family income
     e off-farm workdays
     f  wife's work status
B  Individual characteristics'
    a  growth plans
    b  commitment to farming
    c  economic constraints
    d  self-definition as a farm operator
    e  age
    f  education

Observed Relation with Happiness
A + B

When specified for size of farm:
- small :    RČ = .19
- medium:    RČ = .30
- large :    RČ = .18

Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
C-BW-cy-sq-l-9-aSelfreport on single question:

"Here is a picture of a ladder. At the bottom of the ladder is the worst life you might reasonably expect to have. At the top is the best life you might expect to have. Of course, life from week to week falls somewhere in between. Where was your life most of the time during the past year?"
[ 9 ] best life you might expect to have
[ 8 ]
[ 7 ]
[ 6 ]
[ 5 ]
[ 4 ]
[ 3 ]
[ 2 ]
[ 1 ] worst life you might expect to have

Name: Cantril's self anchoring ladder rating (modified version)

Appendix 2: Statistics used
Type: test statistic
Measurement level: Correlates: all metric, Happiness: metric
Range: [0; 1]

RČ = 0 « no influence of any correlate in this study has been established.
RČ = 1 « the correlates determine the happiness completely.
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.