- 62+ aged, white non-married females, middle class suburb of Chicago, USA. followed 1981-84
- N = 70
- Non Response
- Dropout : 27% due to incapacity, 13% refusal
Multiple assesment methods
Depth interview (T1), mailed questionnaire and telephone interview (T2)
- Authors's Label
- Number of emotionally close friends
- Our Classification
- Ss were first asked to list the persons they consider as friends. Next they indicated which of these are emotionally close.
Observed Relation with Happiness
The correlation has increased between T1 and T2 (difference in r .21).
Rpc indicates the effect of earlier emotionally close friends on later CHANGE IN HAPPINESS.
Rpc indicates the EFFECT OF EARLIER HAPPINESS on later change of emotionally close friends.
The effect of emotionally close friends on happiness appears somewhat smaller than the effect of happiness on emotionally close friends
(difference in rpc .08).