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
N= 0:1%; 1:2%; 2:4%; 3:13%; 4:30%; 5:49%
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-aa G = + females       +.20
males         +.28
A-AB-cm-mq-v-2-a G = + females       +.29
males         +.17