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Correlational findings

Study Harkins (1978): study US 1973

Public:
Empty Nest mothers, USA, 1973-1974
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 475
Non Response:
33%
Assessment:
Interview: telephone (CATI)
Mail survey and telephone follow-ups

Correlate

Authors's label
Empty Nest
Our Classification
Operationalization
A: Objective: schoolstage youngest child
   1: Pre-empty nest: still in high school
   2: Empty nest in transition: graduated 6-18 months ago
   3: Post-empty nest: graduated more than 2 years ago

B: Subjective: mothers definition of empty nest as youngest child
   1: graduated from high school
   2: going away to school
   3: having first job
   4: moving out
   5: gets married
   6: gets children

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks A-BB-cm-mq-v-2-a b = +.52 ns A: Objective empty nest stage A-BB-cm-mq-v-2-a b = +1.8 p < .05 B: Subjective empty nest stage A-BB-cm-mq-v-2-a b = -2.8 p < .05 A-B difference: empty nest in objective sense, but not in subjective definition of mother A-BB-cm-mq-v-2-a b = -1.5 p < .05 In transition: A2 (vs A1 and A3)

B's controlled for:
- age
- menopausel phase