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Correlational findings

Study Berry & Williams (1987): study US Indiana 1986

Public:
Couples, Indiana, USA, 1986
Survey name:
Unnamed study
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 265
Non Response:
36% of the eligibles
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Personal interview for one spouse + additional questionnaires for the other spouse and adolescent(s)

Correlate

Authors's Label
Communication
Our Classification
Distribution
Wives: Mean: 8.02, SD: 1.35
Husbands: Mean: 7.57, SD: 1.67
Operationalization
Selfreport on 2 questions:
a: How often do you and your spouse talk over pleasant things that happen during the day?
b: How often do you and your spouse talk over unpleasant things that happen during the day?

Each rated: on a 5-point scale
'never'
.
.
'very frequently'

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SQL-?-sq-v-7-a r = +.21 WIVES O-SQL-?-sq-v-7-a Beta = .00 Direct effect O-SQL-?-sq-v-7-a Beta = +.14 Indirect effect through
- marital satisfaction

Beta controlled for:
- socio-economic status
  - family income
  - education
  - net worth
- family situation
  - years married
  - number of children
  - wife's employment
- relation with spouse
  - management procedures
  - value agreement