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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 first child
Our Classification
Operationalization
Change in parental status: got first child

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 parental status in individuals (fixed effects) O-Sum-cy-mq-v-7-a b = +.09 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
O-Sum-cy-mq-v-7-a b = +.14 ns B controlled for public life course transitions:
- first paid job
- no job
O-Sum-cy-mq-v-7-a b = +.26 p < .01 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 = +.37 p < .01 B additionally controlled for above years since transition squared

Stronger positive for women. Also in the long run.