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Correlational findings

Study VanSluijs (2004): study NL 1987

Public:
Young adults, followed from age 18 to 30, The Netherlands, 1987-1999
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 836
Non Response:
36,6% (baseline)
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Face to face interviews, questionnaires, telephone interviews (1999)

Correlate

Authors's label
Living together/marriage first partner
Our Classification
Remarks
Marital status assessed at: T1: 1987 when aged 18 to 26 T2: 1989 when aged 20 to 28 T3: 1991 when aged 22 to 30 T4: 1995 when aged 26 to 34 T5: 1999 when aged 30 to 34
Distribution
N in this situation at: T1= 412, T1-T3=297, T3-T4=127, T3-T5 or T4-T5=74, Total=910
Operationalization
1 Married or living as married with first partner
0 Other (mostly singles)

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Special Research Type Elaboration / Remarks M-CO-cy-mq-v-7-b b = none B's indicate average difference between Ss who had been married during this 12 year period and Ss who did not M-CO-cy-mq-v-7-b b = +.85 p < .001 Longitudinal B controlled for personal characteritstics:
- age
- age²
- gender
- education
- cohort 1965 vs cohort 1961
- cohort 1969 vs cohort 1961
- mental health
- neuroticism
- extraversion
and life course transitions:
- first paid job
- no job
- left parental home
- divorce from first partner
- living together/marriage second partner
- having first child
M-CO-cy-mq-v-7-b b = +.87 p < .001 Longitudinal additional controlled for years since transition (happened or not):
- first paid job
- no job
- left parental home
- living together/marriage first partner
- divorce from first partner
- living together/marriage second partner
- having first child

Unaffected by squaring the above years of transition variables

Unaffected by gender