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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
Got older
Our Classification
Operationalization
Growing older, from age 18 to 34

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-Sum-cy-mq-v-7-a b = B's denote CHANGE in happiness following CHANGE in age in individuals (fixed effects) O-Sum-cy-mq-v-7-a b = +.06 p < .001 Interpretation: most Ss got a bit happier between age 18 and 34 O-Sum-cy-mq-v-7-a b = +.01 ns B controlled for private life course transitions:
- leaving parental home
- living together/marriage first partner
- divorce from first partner
- living together/marriage second partner
- having first child
O-Sum-cy-mq-v-7-a b = -.01 ns B controlled for public life course transitions:
- first paid job
- no job
O-Sum-cy-mq-v-7-a b = -.04 ns additional control 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
O-Sum-cy-mq-v-7-a b = -.08 p < .05 additional control for years since transition squared:
- 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

Interpretation: Ss who did not experience life transitions over this period became less happy
Unaffected by squaring the above years of transition variables

Unaffected by gender

B's indicate change within individuals over this 12 year period (fixed effect)