- Couples, USA, followed 12 years, 1980-1992
- Survey name
- US-Longitudinal study Instability of marriage over life course
- N = 1150
- Non Response
- Interview: Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI)
- Authors's Label
- Unhappily married
- Our Classification
- Error Estimates
- Assessed at T1(1980), T2(1983), T3(1988) and T4(1992)
- M=.14, SD=.35, Range 0-1
- Selfreport on 11 questions on marital happiness.
Seven items ask about happiness with specific aspects of marriage such as understanding, agreement and faithfulness.
Four items are concerned with the global satisfaction of the marriage, such as overall happiness and whether the marriage is getting better or worse.
Ss were classified as "Unhappily married" when Ss were married continuously and score below the mean marital happiness in all four times.
1 unhappily married
Observed Relation with Happiness
Continuous but unhappily marrieds are less happy than Ss who divorced and remained unmarried (r = -.12)