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Table 2 Bivariate correlations between national unemployment ratesa, aggregated percentage HBSCb respondents with unemployed parents, and aggregated average life satisfaction of HBSC respondents (n = 386,402), in 27 countries across 3 waves (2002, 2005, 2009)

From: The interplay between national and parental unemployment in relation to adolescent life satisfaction in 27 countries: analyses of repeated cross-sectional school surveys

Correlations for all countries
(n = 27 countries averaged across 2–3 waves per country)
The survey variables (life satisfaction and parental unemployment) are aggregated across all waves for each country. National unemployment is the average national unemployment for all years from 2 years before first wave up until and including the year of the latest survey.
 National unemploymentaLife satisfaction, average
% unemployed mothers0.6639 (p < 0.001)−0.2307 (0.247)
% unemployed fathers0.6276 (p < 0.001)−0.6120 (p < 0.001)
Life satisfaction, average−0.3930 (p = 0.043) 
Correlations for all country-years
(n = 74 country years) All variables are mean centered around the country mean. Survey variables (life satisfaction and parental unemployment) are aggregated by each country-wave, then mean-centered around the average for all waves per country.
 National unemploymentaLife satisfaction, average
% unemployed mothers0.7639 (p < 0.001)0.0461 (p = 0.697)
% unemployed fathers0.9094 (p < 0.001)0.0335 (p = 0.777)
Life satisfaction, average0.1496 (p = 0.203) 
  1. aNational unemployment is the variable Harmonized Unemployment Rate (HUR) from the OECD
  2. bHBSC The survey Health Behaviour in School-aged Children