Correlational findings

Study Bradburn (1969): study US 1963

21-60 aged, urban areas, USA, 1963 - 64
N = 2787
Non Response
± 20%, Attrition ± 30%
Interview: face-to-face
Repeated interviews at home using highly structured questionnaires


Authors's Label
Change in marital happiness
Our Classification
Single direct question: 'Taking all things together, how would you describe your marriage?'
- very happy    (3)
- pretty happy  (2)
- not too happy (1)

Assessed at:
T1: January 1963
T2: Oktober 1963

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks A-BB-cm-mq-v-2-a DMr = + CHANGE in marriage satisfaction goes with CHANGE in positive and negative affect between T1-T3 (Relations with change in summed ABS not computed.

More strongly related to negative affect than to positive affect.

Stronger among males than females.

Change in happiness expressed in change () in average ridits (RT). Ridit analysis compares distribution in category eith distributioon total sample. RT above .50 means relative increase in happiness. RT below .50 relative decrease.