Correlational findings

Study Gorchoff et al. (2008): study US Alameda County, California 1981

43-61 aged, married women, Berekley, United States, followed 18years from 1981-1999
Survey name:
INT-HBSC 2001/2002
N = 72
Non Response:
Questionnaire: paper
3 assessments: T1: when most of the women still had children at home (early 40s) T2: when some but not all had empty nests (early 50s) T3: when virtually all had empty nests (early 60s)


Authors's label
Transition to an empty nest
Our Classification
at T2: if at least one child at home at T1 but not at T2
at T3: at least one child at home at T2 but not at T3

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-V-u-sq-v-3-a F = ns CHANGE to empty nest by CHANGE in happiness

unaffected by age, leaving home of last child was followed by a rise in marital satisfaction, but not on life satisfaction