Correlational finding on Happiness and subject: Summed life-events: equal weight

StudyGehmacher (1990): study AT 1988
TitleStressbewältigung und Selbstbestimtheit. (Coping with Stress and Locus of Control).
SourceStart und Aufstieg, 1990, Vol. 3, 13 - 14
PublicRailway employees, Austria, 1988
Respondents N =68

Author's labelLife-events
Page in Source (21)
Our classificationSummed life-events: equal weight
Recent critical events. 
Number of positive and negative events mentioned. 
Some illustrative events are:
a. new lover
b. marriage
c. birth of child
d. separation
e. change of job
f. death or severe illnes of intimate
g. none of these

Observed Relation with Happiness
O-HL-c-sq-v-5-dr=-.36 p < .01
a. r=-.28
b. r=-.05
c. r=-.01
d. r=-.22
e. r=-.05
f. r=-.06
g. r=+.15

Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-HL-c-sq-v-5-dSelfreport on single question:

Taking your life as a whole now, are you.....?
5 very happy
4 quite happy
3 more happy than unhappy
2 more unhappy than happy
1 quite unhappy

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.