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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
Separation sequale
Our Classification
Related specification variables
Operationalization
Happiness assessed before, during and after separation or divorce

Both happiness and marital status assessed during five consecutive years: T1: 1968, T2: 1969, T3: 1970, T4: 1971, T5: 1972

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks C-W-cy-sq-v-5-a DMt = - Only respondents who separated/divorced between T1 and T5 (N= 365)              

Mean happiness at different time lags from separation/divorce
- 2 years before        M= 2.6      Mt'= 6.5
- 2 years before        M= 2.4      Mt'= 6.0
- year of               M= 2.4      Mt'= 6.0
- 1 year after          M= 2.5      Mt'= 6.3
- 2 years after         M= 2.4      Mt'= 6.0     
Contentment rated on 0-4 point scale. (M) Means transformed to 0-10 point scale (Ms', difference DMt')

There are no clear differences between men experiencing separation/divorce for he first time and those experiencing separation/divorce more than once when their scores from two years before to two years after separation/divorc are examined