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Correlational findings

Study Schimmack & Lucas (2007): study XZ Germany West 1984

Public:
Couples, followed 21 years, West-Germany 1984-2004
Survey name:
DE-SOEP
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 1728
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Yearly, with both spouses separately

Correlate

Authors's label
spousal similarity in life-satisfaction
Our Classification
Operationalization
Correlation in response to single question:

"Taking all things together, how satisfied are you with your life these days?
10 totally satisfied
.
.
0  totally unsatisfied

Both spouses answered this question independently each year between 1984 and 2004

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d r = +.52 Average correlation spousal similarity for each of the 21 waves from 1984 to 2004"

Same year correlations are higher than cross lagged correlations

The correlation declines slightly over the years
O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d r = +.64 Average correlation of own happiness with spouces happiness one year later O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d r = +.35 T1 own happiness by happiness of spouse 21 years later