Correlational findings

Study Williams (2003): study US 1986

24+ aged, USA, followed 1986-1994
N = 2348
Non Response
n=723 in 1989 and 1994.
Interview: face-to-face


Authors's Label
Marital harmony
Our Classification
Self report on two questions:
a: Taking all things together, how satisfied are you with your marriage?
b: How much does your spouse make you feel loved and cared for?
c: How much is he/she willing to listen when you want to talk about your worries or problems?

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-u-sq-v-5-I b = +.41 p < .001 T1 marital quality by T1 happiness O-SLW-u-sq-v-5-I b = T1 marital quality by T1-T2 CHANGE in happiness O-SLW-u-sq-v-5-I b = +.29 p < .001 T1-T2 CHANGE in marital quality by T1-T2 CHANGE in happiness

B's controled for:
- race
- education
- children
- household income
- employment
- age and age squared
- length of marriage

Similar for males and females