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Correlational findings

Study McLanahan & Adams (1989): study US 1957

Public:
21+ aged, general public, USA, 1957-1976
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 4664
Non Response:
± 30%
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Structured interview

Correlate

Authors's label
Empty nest
Our Classification
Operationalization
1 Parents of adult children who have
  left home
0 Non-parents
  (Including young adults who have
  not yet children and adults who have
  passed the childrenbearing age).

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aa DM = - M is Mean happiness on range 0-1: (1= very happy)
           Empty nest    Non parents
           parents   
1957       M=0.33       M=0.33
1976       M=0.30       M=0.32
      
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aa Lgt = + ns Logit coefficient controlled for: education, gender, age, marital status (whether ever married). Logit analysis based on combined datasets.

Change between 1957 and 1976 not significant.