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

StudyBlock & Zautra (1981): study US Arizona 1979
TitleSatisfaction and Distress in a Community: A Test of the Effects of Life Events.
SourceAmerican Journal of Community Psychology, 1981, Vol. 9, 165 - 180
DOIdoi:10.1007/BF00896365
PublicGeneral public, 3 cities, Arizona, USA, 1979
SampleProbability sample (unspecified)
Non-Response11 %
Respondents N =537

Correlate
Author's labelTotal Life Events
Page in Source 171
Our classificationSummed life-events: equal weight
Operationalization
Life events were assessed with a 65-item inventory 
developed by revising the SRRS (Holmes & Rahe, 1967) 
and adding positive life events.


Residents were asked two questions about each event 
listed on the inventory
-first, whether the event had taken place in their 
lives during the last year
-second, to rate, whether the event "turned out" 
positive,(PE), negative, (NE),
had both positive and negative outcomes,
or had no effect on them.Events rated as having both 
positive and negative outcomes were not scored for PE 
and NE (about 10%).
They were counted together with the total number of 
events reported, TE.

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-DT-u-sqt-v-7-ar=-.02


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-DT-u-sqt-v-7-aSelfreport on single question, asked twice in interview:

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

Summation: arithmetic mean

Name: Andrews & Withey's "Delighted-Terrible Scale" (original version)
Also known as Lehman's 'Global life satisfaction'


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
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]

Meaning:
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.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl