Findings on happiness in Mussen et al. (1980): study US 1928 /1

Publication
Author(s)Mussen, P.H.; Bieber, S.L.; Eichorn, D.H.; Honzik, M.P.; Meredith, W.M.
TitleContinuity and Change in Womens Characteristics over Four Decades.
SourceInternational Journal of Behavioral Development, 1980, Vol. 3, 333 - 347
Investigation
PublicMothers of preschool-aged-children, Berkeley USA, 1928-68
 T1: 1928/29, T2: 1968
Survey nameNot available
 Berkely Guidance study. Same study also reported in SCHAE 1963, MCGRA 1968 and MUSSE 1980/1.
SampleNot available
 Mothers of preschool-aged-children who participated in a longitudinal development study, conducted at the University of California, Berkely. A group of mothers of the members of the Guidance Study Control sample.
Respondents N =28
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Interviews at age 30 and age 70
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport in focused interview Rating two independent interviewers. A. Psychiatric social worker who interviewed parents at home. Interview focused on child B. Clinical psychologist who interviewed parents separately. Interview focused on family life. Rating options: 7 extremely cheerful, animated, jolly 6 5 4 usually good-humored air 3 2 1 dejected, melancholic appearance, in the dumps Summation: average ratings A and B
ClassificationA-CP-g-fi-v-7-a
Author's labelCheerfulness
RemarksT1: (Age 30) Ms = 2.7 Ms' = 7.3 SD = 1.1 T2: (Age 70) Ms = 2.7 Ms' = 7.3 SD = 1.2
Error estimatesReliability: Retest after 40 years: r = +.27 (p < .10). Validity:
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Full textSelfreport in focused interview Two independent interviews. Each interviewer rated `satisfaction with lot' on the same scale. 1 tremendously satisfied 2 3 4 average 5 6 7 extremely dissatisfied
ClassificationO-SLC-g-fi-v-7-b
Author's labelSatisfaction with lot
RemarksT1: (Age 30) Ms = 3.0 Ms' = 7.0 SD = 1.2 T2: (Age 70) Ms = 2.6 Ms' = 7.4 SD = 1.3
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
Happiness at age 30H04ab01cLong term happiness (< 10 years ago)