Correlational findings

Study Austrom (1984): study CA Ontario 1982

23-59 aged English speaking, Toronto and Ontario, Canada, 198?
N = 1038
Non Response
Questionnaire: Paper & Pencil Interview (PAPI)


Authors's Label
Desire to maintain dating pattern or marital status)
Our Classification
Related specification variables
Single closed question rated on a 2-point scale: Would you change your present dating pattern or marital status if you could:
0 yes
1 no

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-u-sq-n-11-a r = -.41 ALL Ss (married (including not formally married cohabitating Ss (considered as married) and non-married):

O-SLW-u-sq-n-11-a Beta = -.04 ß. controlled for:
gender, age, household income, marital status, being in love, locus of control, social support (1. instrumental: problems managing money, deciding how to spend money, not enough money to do things, unsatisfying job, not enough money to get by on; 2. expressive: no close companions, no one to depend on, unsatisfactory sex liofe, problems communicating, dissatisfied with marital status, not enough close friends, no one to show love/affection, too dependent on others, not having children, no one to understand problems;
3. interpersonal demands: too many responsibilities, no one to depend on, too many demands on time, problems communicating, problems with children, problems with spouse/ex-spouse, conflicts with those who are close) and satisfaction with: job and financial situation, friendships, love relationships and living situation.


- desire to change:           Mt = 6.7
- maintain present situation: Mt = 8.1
Difference significant (001)

- males:    r = -.28        ß = -.02
- females:  r = -.24        ß = -.02
Beta's controlled for the same variables as above
except gender and marital status.