Findings on happiness in Polit et al. (1980): study US 1975

Publication
Author(s)Polit, D.F.; Nuttall, E.V.; Nuttall, R.L.
TitleThe Only Child Grows Up: A Look at Some Characteristics of Adults Only Children.
SourceFamily Relations, 1980, Vol. 29, 99 - 106
URLhttp://www.jstor.org/stable/583722
Investigation
PublicCouples, white, middle/upper class, USA, 1975
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Non probability chunk sample. Couples with two, five or more children selected by child's highschool. From this sample of 537 middle- to upperclass white American couples; 70 wives and 62 husbands are only children
Respondents N =1074
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Wives: face to face interview, husbands: mailed questionnaire.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Lead item not reported. [ 10 ] best possible life [ 9 ] [ 8 ] [ 7 ] [ 6 ] [ 5 ] [ 4 ] [ 3 ] [ 2 ] [ 1 ] worst possible life Name: Cantril's self anchoring Ladder rating of life (modified version)
ClassificationC-BW-c-sq-l-10-a
Author's labelPersonal adjustment
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

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
ClassificationO-HL-c-sq-v-3-aa
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Full textSelfreport on single question: "In general, how satisfying do you find your life these days? Would you call it....?." 3 completely satisfying 2 pretty satisfying 1 not satisfying
ClassificationO-SLu-c-sq-v-3-b
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
Being a first born childF01ac02Birth order
Being an only childF01ac01Only child
Male sexG01aaSex (male vs female)