Correlational finding on Happiness and Involvement with household work
Subject code: H21ab01

StudyHerzog et al. (1982): study US 1975
TitleSubjective Well-Being among Different Age Groups.
SourceResearch Report I.S.R., University of Michigan, 1982, Ann Arbor, USA
Public50+ aged, general public, USA, 1975
Respondents N =410

Author's labelHousehold activity
Page in Source 84/5
Our classificationInvolvement with household work, code H21ab01
During 24-hour period prior to the interview, 
respondents reported each activity they engaged in 
(PARTICIPATION) and the time spend on each activity 
(DURATION) on an activity diary. Activities were coded 
into categories, one of which was "household 
activities" such as cooking, cleaning, gardening and 
repairs around the house.

Work status was measured by self-labeling by 
respondents and a question about engagement in work for 
pay at present. Self-labeled housewives were excluded.

Observed Relation with Happiness
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-ar=-.11 ns
PARTICIPATION:  working males
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-ar=-.14 ns
                retired males
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-ar=-.04 ns
                working females
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-ar=+.19 ns
                retired females
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-aBeta=-.08 ns
                working males
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-aBeta=-.14 ns
                retired males
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-aBeta=-.11 ns
                working females
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-aBeta=+.21 ns
                retired females
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-ar=-.25 p < .05
DURATION:       working males
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-ar=+.01 ns
                retired males
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-ar=+.17 ns
                working females
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-ar=-.02 ns
                retired females
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-aBeta=-.23 p < .05
                working males
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-aBeta=+.04 ns
                retired males
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-aBeta=+.16 ns
                working females
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-aBeta= .00 ns
                retired females
 controlled for self-reported health, income and 
age. Relations with 'participation' also controled 
for 'duration' and relations with 'duration' also 
for participation.

Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-aSelfreport on single question:

How do you feel about your life as a whole.....?
7 delighted
6 pleased
5 mostly satisfied
4 mixed
3 mostly dissatisfied
2 unhappy
1 terrible

Name: Andrews & Withey's `Delighted-Terrible Scale' (original version)

Appendix 2: Statistics used
Type: test statistic.

Measurement level: Correlates: all metric, Happiness: metric.
Range: [-1 ; +1]

beta > 0 a higher correlate level corresponds to a higher happiness rating on average.
beta < 0 a higher correlate level corresponds to a higher happiness rating on average.
beta = 0 no correlation.
beta = + 1 or -1 perfect 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]

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.