- 21-60 aged, urban areas, USA, 1963 - 64
- N = 2787
- Non Response:
- ± 20%, Attrition ± 30%
Repeated interviews at home using highly structured questionnaires
- Authors's label
- Increase in subjective debts level
- Our Classification
- Single direct question on debts.
- no debts
- debts: could pay off
- debts: could not pay off without
T1: January 1963
T3: Oktober 1963
Chance in response between T1-T3
1. decreased (N=427)
2. stable (N=1367)
3. increased (N=287)
Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness (Affect Balance) assessed at T1 and T3.
Change in happiness expressed in change () in average ridits (RT). RT above .50 indicates that, on the average, Ss in the category became more happy than in the reference group, RT below .50 that these became relatively less happy. The reference group is the sample of 10 metropolitan areas.
Decreased RT = .52
Stable RT = .50
Increased RT = .48