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Correlational findings

Study Gerlach & Stephan (1996): study XZ Germany West 1984

Public:
16-65 aged, general public, Germany, followed from 1984 to1993
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 54066
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Correlate

Authors's Label
Change in marital status
Our Classification
Remarks
Subjects with at least two observations, so not all followed 10 years.
Distribution
Mean
               age   <30      30-49      >49    
                        M    F      M    F     M     F
never married   .63  .57   .11 .07 .04   .04  (?)
married             .26  .41  .82  .82  .88  .74
divorced           .01 .02  .06  .08  .04   .07     
widowed          .00  .00  .01  .03  .04  .15
Operationalization
Change in last 10 years from
0 never married
to:
1 Married
1 Divorced
1 Widowed

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d b = B with CHANGE in happiness
Married      age <30     30-49    >49

- women        +.25(01)  +.19(ns) -.65(ns)
- men          +.21(05)  +.13(ns) -.31(ns)

Widowed      age <30     30-49    >49
- women       -1.32(ns)  -.42(ns) +.11(ns)
- men          -.01(ns)  -.48(ns) -.63(ns)

Divorced     age <30     30-49    >49
- women        +.29(ns)  +.38(ns) -.33(ns)
- men          -.03(ns)  +.23(ns) +.17(ns)

B's controled for CHANGE in:
- labour market position
- household income
- self perceived disability
- self perceived health