Correlational findings

Study Spruijt (1997): study NL 1992

12 - 24 aged children of divorce, 1992, The Netherlands
N = 114
Non Response
26,1 %
Interview: face-to-face
And questionnaire. One of the parents of the youngstres is also interviewed to determine stepfamily lifestyle


Authors's Label
Stepfamily Lifestyle
Our Classification
Error Estimates
Crohnbach's alpha: 0,78
This measure of traditional lifestyle was also based on an interview with one of the parents.
1: 34%, 2: 34%, 3: 32%
Both youngsters and one of their parents answered the following questions:
A. Stepfamilies fare better living like a first nuclear family.
B. After divorce it is better to forget the past.
C. The best family form is still two first married partners and their children.
D. Quarrels in a family should be prevented as much as possible.
E. looking after a family is more important than work outside the home.
F. A mother with young children should not work outside the home.
G. It is logical that a man has fewer duties in the household than a woman.
Agreement was rated on 5-point scales.
Possible range of traditionalism 7-35.

Three types of stepfamily lifestyles were distinguished:
1. Nontraditional
2. Semi-traditional
3. Traditional

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks A-AOL-u-sq-l-11-a DMt = ns 1: nontraditional    Mt=7,69
2: semi-traditional  Mt=7,95
3: traditional       Mt=7,86
A-AOL-u-sq-l-11-a Beta = -.01 ns Beta controlled for:
- time since (step)family formation
- stepmother/stepfather family
- frequency of contact with nonresident parent
- social class of stepfamily
- age
- sex
- educational level