Findings on happiness in McNamara & St.George (1978): study US 1971

Author(s)McNamara, P.H.; St.George, A.
TitleBlessed are the Downtrodden? An Empirical Test.
SourceSociological Analysis, 1978, Vol. 39, 303 - 320
Public18+ aged, general public, USA, 1971
Collect period7-8
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 probability systematic random sample
Respondents N =2164
Non Response20%
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Highly structured, at home
General remarksStudy also reported in CAMPB 1976
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 labelPersonal happiness
Remarks30% very happy
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Age of childrenC04ab01Age of children
Church attendanceR10ad02Participation in church
Family incomeI01ab03Household income
Having childrenC03abCurrent parental status
Level of educationE01ab02Level of school-education
Married no children vs never marriedM02aa01Married vs never married
Married vs divorced/separatedM02aa03Married vs divorced
Married vs widowedM02aa02Married vs widowed
ReligiosityR10afAttitudes to religion
Urban livingL14ab02Community size
White raceE04ab03tEthnic status in the USA