Correlational findings

Study Orden & Bradburn (1968): study US 1963

Married people,USA, metropolitan areas, 1963-1965
N = 1738
Non Response:
not reported
Interview: face-to-face
1. Individual own assessment (self report) 2. Self-administered questionnaire read to the respondents containing an index of marriage tensions and marriage satisfactions


Authors's label
Marriage companionship
Our Classification
  • MARRIAGE: RELATIONSHIP Attitudes to current marriage-relationship Satisfaction with marriage
A.Self-report on following single questions about things married couples do together; which of the following activities have you done together in the past few weeks:
 - had a good laugh together or shared a joke
 - been affectionate toward each other
 - been affectionate toward each other
 - spent an evening just chatting with each other
 - did something the other particularly appreciated
 B.The constructed Marriage Adjustment Balance Scale ratings(MABS) i.e.a 5 item index of questions on shared activities in the past few weeks
 - spent evening chatting
 - good laugh
 - drove or walked for pleasure
 - did something other appreciated
 - affectionate
 Each question rated yes/no
 Classified on a 0-5 scale

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-HL-c-sq-v-3-a G = + females       +.20
 males         +.28
A-AB-cm-mq-v-2-a G = + females       +.29
 males         +.17