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
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