Findings on happiness in Kiecolt & Acock (1990): study US 1980

Author(s)Kiecolt, K.J.; Acock, A.C.
TitleChildhood Family Structure and Adult Psychological Well-Being of Black Americans.
SourceSociological Spectrum, 1990, Vol. 10, 169 - 186
DOIDOI: 10.1080/02732173.1990.9981920
Public18 + aged; Blacks, USA, 198?
Survey nameNot available
SampleProbability sample (unspecified)
Respondents N =1911
Non Response33%
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interview by Black interviewer
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: In general, how satisfied are you with your life these days....?" 4 very satisfied 3 somewhat satisfied 2 somewhat dissatisfied 1 very dissatisfied
Author's labellife satisfaction
Page in publication176
Remarkspercentages not reported
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 4On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.83

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
ageA04abCurrent age (in years)
family composition:live w. parents vs. grandparentsF01ab02Number of parents (broken home)
family composition:live w. parents vs. mother and stepfatherF01ab02Number of parents (broken home)
family composition:live w. parents vs. otherF01ab02Number of parents (broken home)
Family composition:live w. parents w. motherF01ab02Number of parents (broken home)
Married vs. not marriedM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
mothers educationF01ag01Parents education
respondent's educationS09ab01'Objective' socio-economic status
respondent's incomeS09ab01'Objective' socio-economic status
result all variablesF01aa01Earlier family situation
result all variablesL08aaEarlier life (antecedents of happiness), also classified as above ↑
result all variablesS15ab05Socio-demographic + life-events, also classified as above ↑
result all variablesS15aa01Summed effect of earlier conditions, also classified as above ↑
sexG01aaSex (male vs female)