Correlational findings

Study Sears & Barbee (1977): study US 1921

Gifted women (IQ >135), followed 50 years, California, USA, 1921-72
N = 671
Non Response:
Attrition in 1972: 25%
Interview: face-to-face
Repeated interviews and questionaires


Authors's label
Satisfaction with career pattern (lifestyle work pattern)
Our Classification
Ss were first asked to characterize their worklife into one of four possible patterns;
- I have been primarily homeworker.
- I have pushed a career most of my
  adult life.
- I have pushed a career exept during
  the period when I was raising a
- I have done considerable work needed
  for income but I would not call it a

Ss were next invited to indicate which pattern they would choose now.
Satisfaction is the correspondence between 'As it was' and 'As I now would choose'.

Assessed in 1972

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks C-ASG-h-mq-v-5-a AoV = + p < .00 1972 satisfaction by 1972 happiness M-PL-h-sq-v-5-b Chi² = + p < .00