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Correlational findings

Study Dykstra & Wagner (2007): study DE 1990

Public:
70-100+ aged, West-Berlin, Germany 1990-1993
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 516
Non Response:
32%
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Interviews in 14 sessions that covered mental and physical health, psychological functioning and social and economic situation.

Correlate

Authors's label
Marital history/first, second, third marriage
Our Classification
Distribution
Men/women:
0: 31/ 4; 1a:  21/2; 1b : 3/12; 1c : 3/9; 1d: 33/57; 1e: 9/15
Operationalization
0:  In first marriage (reference)
1:  Not in first mariage
    1a: In second or third marriage
    1b: Single, never married
    1c: Single, divorced
    1d: Single, after widowed
    1e: Single after several marriages

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Special Research Type Elaboration / Remarks O-SLu-g-sq-n-5-a = none IN SECOND OR THIRD MARRIAGE (vs in first marriage) O-SLu-g-sq-n-5-a b = +.01 ns none Males O-SLu-g-sq-n-5-a b = -.56 ns none Females

B's controlled for
-age
-parental history
O-SLu-g-sq-n-5-a b = +.10 ns none Males O-SLu-g-sq-n-5-a b = -.60 ns none Females

B's additionally controlled for occupational history

First divorce has a negative impact on the happiness of women but not on the happiness of men.