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Correlational findings

Study Davis (1984): study US 1972

Public:
18+ aged, general public, USA, 1972-1982
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 13581
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Correlate

Authors's label
Marital status
Our Classification
Operationalization
0 not married
1 married

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-HL-g-sq-v-3-d G = +.69 p < .05 O-HL-g-sq-v-3-d tau = +.45 p < .05 % very happy
married  41
widow    23
single   22
divorced 19
The relationship remains sizable after control for recent financial change, race, household size and social participation (memberships, frequency of social contacts and visits to bars and taverns). The lower happiness of the ex-married is partly explained by recent decrease in income. Change in average happiness in the USA from 1973 to 1982 can partly be explained by a drop in % marrieds and a consequent rise in % decrease in income.