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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 =
Non Response
36,6% (baseline)
Assessment
Interview: face-to-face
Face to face interviews, questionnaires, telephone interviews (1999)

Correlate

Authors's Label
First child
Our Classification
Remarks
Family situation 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:  T1= 135, T1-T3=176, T3-T4=167, T3-T5 or T4-T5=165, Total=643
Operationalization
1 first child
0 other

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks M-CO-cy-mq-v-7-b b = +.15 p < .05 B controlled for:
personal characteristics:
- age
- age²
- gender
- education
- cohort 1965 vs cohort 1961
- cohort 1969 vs cohort 1961
- mental health
- neuroticism
lifecourse transitions:
- first job
- no job
- left parental home
- living together/marriage first partner
- divorce from first partner
- living together/marriage second partner-
M-CO-cy-mq-v-7-b b = +.30 p < .01 additional controlled for years since transition :
- first paid job
- no job
- leaving parental home
- living together/marriage first partner
- divorce from first partner
- living together/marriage second partner
- having first child
M-CO-cy-mq-v-7-b b = +.35 p < .00 Above control for years since transition squared

Stronger among females
M-CO-cy-mq-v-7-b b = B's indicate average difference between Ss who got a first child during this 12 year period and Ss who did not