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Correlational findings

Study Hartog & Oosterbeek (1998): study NL 1952

Public:
41 aged, Brabant, the Netherlands, followed 1952-1993
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 1893
Non Response:
53,6%
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper
Mailed questionnaire at T3.

Correlate

Authors's label
family status
Our Classification
Operationalization
a. Married male (reference)
b. Female
c. Divorced
d. Widow
e. Single
f  Number of children

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks C-BW-c-sq-n-11-a OPRC = +.33 p < .05 Female C-BW-c-sq-n-11-a OPRC = -.57 p < .05 Divorced C-BW-c-sq-n-11-a OPRC = -.68 p < .05 Widow C-BW-c-sq-n-11-a OPRC = -.17 ns Single C-BW-c-sq-n-11-a OPRC = -.01 ns Number of children

OPRC's controlled for:
-schooling
-intelligence
-social background
-labour market status
-self-perceived health
-wealth.

OLRC (Ordered Probit Regression Coefficient) cannot be interpreted as an absolute effect-size. The coefficients only denote relative differences in correlation between marital status and happiness, e.g. widowed people are unhappier than divorced people.