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Correlational findings

Study Berkman (1971): study US Alameda County, California 1965

Public:
Adults, general public, Alameda County, USA, 1965
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 6928
Non Response:
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper
Mailed questionnaire

Correlate

Authors's label
Life stress
Our Classification
Operationalization
9-item index involving:
Childhood stress (4 items)
1: broken homes in childhood (before
   of 15)
2: evaluation of mother and father as
   parents
3: happiness of parents's marriage
   during childhood
4: illness of family members during
   childhood.
Adult stress (5 items):
1: poor interpersonal relations
2: self-evaluated comparative
   financial status
3: physical health
4: parental worries
5: marital satisfaction

Combined into a 17-point scale.

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks A-BB-u-mq-v-3-a DMr = - Married subjects only(N=2534)
      proportion happy:
low sress    0- 3       9.9%     AR= .72
             4- 7      40.8%     AR= .58
             8-11      39.3%     AR= .43
high stress 12-16      10.0%     AR= .31
The average ridits (AR) were calculated with
the distribution of the total sample as reference
(N=6928)