Correlational findings

Study Barnett & Baruch (1987): study US 1980

Parents with children 4-10, USA, 1980
N = 320
Non Response:
60 %
Interview: face-to-face
Also mailed questionnaire, weekchart. Parents jointly used a chart to indicate 5 typical week days and for 2 typical weekend days the hours during which the target child and each parent were home and awake; they then indicated the nature of the child- parent interaction that typically occured during each of those hours.Each parent was interviewed in a separate room by a same sex interviewer


Authors's label
Mothers proportional interaction time with children
Our Classification
Proportional interaction time:
the number of hours the mother spent per week in intermittent and intensive interaction divided by the total hours both parents spent in such interaction.
Score: 1 = 0-20% 5, 2 = 20-40%, 3 = 40-60%, 5 = 80-100%

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-u-sq-v-7-a r = +.11 ns Working mothers O-SLW-u-sq-v-7-a r = +.10 ns Full-time housewives O-SLW-u-sq-v-7-a r = +.02 ns Fathers with working wives O-SLW-u-sq-v-7-a r = +.11 ns Fathers with full-time housewives