Findings on happiness in Abbey et al. (1992): study US 1987

Publication
Author(s)Abbey, A.; Andrews, F.M.; Halman, L.J.
TitleInfertility and Subjective Well-Being: The Mediating Roles of Self-Esteem, Internal Control, and Interpersonal Conflict.
SourceJournal of Marriage and Family, 1992, Vol. 54, 408 - 417
URLhttp://www.jstor.org/stable/353072?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents
DOIDoi: 10.2307/353072
Investigation
PublicInfertile couples, United States, 1987
 Trying to have a child with no success for 3 months to 6 years, average length of time 2,5 years. Average number of physicians seen in this period: 2.4 185 couples (number of participants 350), average length of marriage 6 years, white middle to upper class, no children
Collect periodUnknown
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
 170 couples recruited from infertility specialists, 15 from other sources: selfhelp groups, newspaper advertisementreferrals, referrals from study participants
Respondents N =370
 185 couples, 370 participants men and women
Non Response0
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 In-person interviews, separate wives and husbands
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 2 questions: A .. 'satisfaction with life as a whole' (full item not reported) 1 very dissatisfied 2 3 4 5 very satisfied B … happiness… (full item not reported) 1 2 3 Response options not reported Summation: not reported
ClassificationO-Sum-?-mq-v-8-b
Author's labelGlobal quality of life
Page in publication411
Error estimatesCronbach alpha .74
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
Fertility problem stressH15abCurrent psycho-somatic complaints
Fertility problem stressC03aa01Ever had children (vs not), also classified as above ↑
Fertility problem stressH14ad15aInfertility, also classified as above ↑
Fertility problem stressP14ab02Kind of problems perceived, also classified as above ↑
Fertility problem stressM04ab01aMental health of spouse, also classified as above ↑
Internal controlP05bpInner locus of control
Internal controlM04ab02Personality of spouse, also classified as above ↑
Interpersonal conflictM03ab06Tensions in relationship
Intimacy life qualityM04ab02Personality of spouse
Intimacy life qualityM03ac03Satisfaction with marriage, also classified as above ↑
Intimacy life qualityS03ac03Satisfaction with sex-life, also classified as above ↑
Intimacy life qualityL04ad01Single domain evaluations, also classified as above ↑
Self esteemS02ad02Evaluation of self-as-a-whole
Self esteemM04ab01aMental health of spouse, also classified as above ↑
Self esteemM04ab02Personality of spouse, also classified as above ↑