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Correlational findings

Study Erbes & Hedderson (1985): study US 1968

Public:
Male heads of households, followed 4 years, USA, 1968-72
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 5060
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Yearly

Correlate

Authors's label
Married
Our Classification
Operationalization
0 stably separated/divorced between T1
  and T5 (N =40)
1 stably married between T1 and T5
  (N= 2550)

0 experienced separation or divorce
  between T1 and T5 (N= 150)
1 stably married between T1 and T5
  (N= 2550)

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks C-W-cy-sq-v-5-a DMt = + T1: 6.5              2.5 C-W-cy-sq-v-5-a DMt = + T2: 7.5              4.8 C-W-cy-sq-v-5-a DMt = + T3: 7.3              4.0 C-W-cy-sq-v-5-a DMt = + T4: 7.0              4.5 C-W-cy-sq-v-5-a DMt = + T5: 7.0             3.3

    Stably         Divorced separated at
    married        T1   T2   T3   T4   T5
C-W-cy-sq-v-5-a DMt = + T1: 6.5            4.5* 5.3  6.5  3.8  2.8 C-W-cy-sq-v-5-a DMt = + T2: 7.5            3.8  6.3* 4.5  6.5  6.5 C-W-cy-sq-v-5-a DMt = + T3: 7.3            1.8  3.3  8.5* 4.0  7.0 C-W-cy-sq-v-5-a DMt = + T4: 7.0            4.5  4.5  8.0  4.3* 5.8 C-W-cy-sq-v-5-a DMt = + T5: 7.0            5.0  4.0  5.8  3.0  3.8*

* = year of divorce

Contentment rated on 0-4 point scale. Means transformed to 0-10 point scale (Ms', difference DMt')

There are no clear differences between men married for the first time or in a subsequent marriage.