Findings on happiness in Ferree (1976): study US 1974

Publication
Author(s)Ferree, M.M.
TitleWorking-Class Jobs: Housework and Paid Work as Sources of Satisfaction.
SourceSocial Problems, 1976, Vol. 23, 431 - 441
Investigation
PublicWorking class mothers, USA, 1974
 Second and third generation Irish and Italian, and recent Portuguese, Greek and Spanish speaking mothers with children in first or second grade from a Working class community in Eastern Massachusetts. All women were married and living with their husbands.
Survey nameNot available
SampleProbability stratified sample
Respondents N =135
Non Response25%
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interview
General remarksSame data also reported in FERRE 1980
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: "In general, how satisfying do you find the way you're spending your life these days.....?" Rated on numerical scale (steps and labels not reported)
ClassificationO-SLL-c-sq-n-0-a
Author's labelSatisfaction with life
Page in publication434
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
EducationE01ab02Level of school-education
EmploymentE02ab01Full-time home maker
EmploymentF02af01Oneself-mother: works (vs not), also classified as above ↑
Part-time workE02ad01Full-time vs part-time
Self-esteemS02ad03cSelf confidence