Findings on happiness in Harry (1976): study US 1973

Author(s)Harry, J.
TitleEvolving Sources of Happiness for Men over the Life Cycle: A Structural Analysis.
SourceJournal of Marriage and the Family, 1976, Vol. 38, 289 -296
Public18+ aged males, living with family, USA, 1973
Survey nameNot available
 US General Social Survey 1973
SampleNot available
 Probability post-stratified sample: The following categories were excluded from a representative sample of the US 18 + population: 1) unemployed 2) females 3) 35 + single males 4) the currently divorced, seperated or widowed 5) those with pre-schoolchildren and 45 + 6) those 60 + with children 18 - 7) those 55 + with children 13 -
Respondents N =374
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Highly structured
General remarksLife cycle stages: - Single and <35 years - Married, <35 and without children - Married, <56 , no children 6 - but at least one child 13 - - Married, <61 , no children 13 - but at least one child 18 - - Married, at least 35 and no children 18 -
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taken all together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say that you are....? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy
Author's labelHappiness
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
ExcitementL04ac01eExiting (vs dull)
Institutional malintegrationA08ac01Attitudinal consistency
Institutional malintegrationR13ab02bRole conflict, also classified as above ↑
Life cycle stageF02aaFamily career (family life-cycle)
MarriedM02aa01Married vs never married
Satisfaction with cityL16ac03Satisfaction with local environment
Satisfaction with familyF03ac02Satisfaction with family-life
Satisfaction with financesI01af05bSatisfaction with financial situation
Satisfaction with friendsF06ah04Satisfaction with friends
Satisfaction with healthH14af04Satisfaction with health
Satisfaction with jobW05ad01Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole
Satisfaction with leisureL03ad03Satisfaction with leisure