Findings on happiness in Bohn (1972): study ZZ Various nation sets 1960

Author(s)Bohn, C.J.
TitleThe Effect of Children upon Life Satisfaction. A Thesis in Child Development and Family Relationships.
SourceUnpublished Master Thesis, Pennsylvania State University, 1972, USA
Public21+ aged, general public, Dominican Republic, Panama and Yugoslavia, 1960
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Pooled probability samples.
Respondents N =5228
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Half-structured interview by native interviewers in each country.
General remarksSame study also reported in Bortner, R.W., Bohn, C.J & Hultsch, D.F. A cross-cultural study of the effects of children on parental assesment of past, present and future, J of Marriage and the family, 1974, p. 370-378.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Here is a picture of a ladder. Suppose we say that the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom represents the worst possible life for you. Where on the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time? [ 10 ] best possible life [ 9 ] [ 8 ] [ 7 ] [ 6 ] [ 5 ] [ 4 ] [ 3 ] [ 2 ] [ 1 ] [ 0 ] worst possible life Preceded by 1) open questions about what the respondent imagines as the best possible life and the worst possible life. 2) ratings on the ladder of one's life five years ago and where on the ladder one expects to stand five years from now. Name: Cantril's self anchoring ladder rating of life (original)
Author's labelLife satisfaction.
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation2.59

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04ab01Young versus old
Child-centered attitudeC01adAttitudes to children
Having childrenC03abCurrent parental status
Male sexG01aaSex (male vs female)
MarriedM02aa01Married vs never married
MarriedM02aa05Still-married vs broken marriage (widowed+separated+divorced), also classified as above ↑
Never marriedM02ab01eVs formerly married (widowed+divorced+separated)
Socio-economic levelS09abCurrent socio-economic status
Urban residenceL13ab02bRural vs urban dwelling