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Correlational findings

Study DeJong et al. (1984): study US 1947

Public:
Rural-reared married women, Pennsylvania, USA, followed 1947-1971
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 812
Non Response:
19,7%
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper
1947: Self administered questionnaires among 2806 sophomores (including 1492 females) held in 74 primary rural high schools concerning a range of family background and personal attributes; 1957: interviews as the study group was in their mid 20s including life course items such as number of children born and fertility expectations; 1971: follow-up interviews as the study group was approximately 40 years of age including items such as life satisfaction and completed fertility.

Correlate

Authors's label
Fertility status
Our Classification
Operationalization
0: Childless at T3, but had intended to have children at T2
1: Only one child at T3 but had intended to have two or more children at T2
2: Two or more children at T3 but had intended to have fewer children at T2
3: Two or more children at T3 but had intended to have more children at T2
4: Planners: two or more children at T3 as intended at T2

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-HL-c-sq-v-3-a Ma = +2.5 DEVIATION FROM average happiness: M = 2,45 O-HL-c-sq-v-3-a DMa = +.14 ns Childless at T3 but intended to have children at T3 O-HL-c-sq-v-3-a DMa = +.20 p < .05 One child at T3 but had intended to have two or more children at T2 O-HL-c-sq-v-3-a DMa = -.07 ns Two or more children at T3 but had intended to have fewer children at T2 O-HL-c-sq-v-3-a DMa = -.02 ns Two or more children  at T3 but had intended to have more children at T2 O-HL-c-sq-v-3-a DMa = .00 ns Planners: two or more children at T3 as intended at T2

Ma adjusted for:
- T1 background and family formation factors
- T3 family structure and socioeconomic factors including adult perceptions of home-work roles