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
Marriage companionship
Our Classification
Data T3.
Related specification variables
5-item index of questions on shared activities in the past few weeks. Each rated yes/no.
1. spend one evening just chatting with
   each other.
2. had a good laugh together.
3. been affectionate to each other.
4. taken a drive or walk just for
5. did something that the other parti-
   cularly appreciated.

Assessed at:
T1: Januari 1963
T2: June    1963
T3: Oktober 1963

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aa G = +.20 Males A-BB-cm-mq-v-2-a G = +.17 Males. O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aa G = +.28 Females A-BB-cm-mq-v-2-a G = +.29 Females.

- Strongly related to positive affect. Hardly to   negative affect.

- Unaffected by SES as such.
  Stronger relation among women than men in high
A-BB-cm-mq-v-2-a DMr = + CHANGE in companionship is modestly related to CHANGE in positive affect between T2 and T3 (Relation to change in summed ABS not computed).

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