Correlational findings

Study Erbes & Hedderson (1985): study US 1968

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


Authors's label
Separation sequale
Our Classification
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