Correlational finding on Happiness and Married vs divorced
Subject code: M02aa03

StudyVanSluijs (2004): study NL 1987
TitleEffecten van Levenslooptransities op de Tevredenheid van Jong Volwassenen. (Effects of Lifecourse Transition on Satisfaction of Adolescents).
SourceMaster thesis, University Tilburg, 2004, Netherlands
PublicYoung adults, followed from age 18 to 30, The Netherlands, 1987-1999
SampleProbability stratified sample
Non-Response36,6% (baseline)
Respondents N =836

Author's labelDivorce/separation from first partner
Page in Source 40,62
Our classificationMarried vs divorced, code M02aa03
1 Divorced after marriage or separation after living 
0 other
Observed distributionN in this situation at: T1= 25, T1-T3=19, T3-T4=18, T3-T5 or T4-T5=18, Total=80
Marital status assessed at:
T1: 1987 when aged 18 to 26
T2: 1989 when aged 20 to 28
T3: 1991 when aged 22 to 30
T4: 1995 when aged 26 to 34
T5: 1999 when aged 30 to 34

Observed Relation with Happiness
B's indicate average difference between Ss who 
divorced during this 12 year period and Ss who did 
O-Sum-cy-mq-v-7-ab=-1.5 p < .001
B controlled for personal characteristics:
- age
- ageČ
- gender 
- education
- cohort 1965 vs cohort 1961
- cohort 1969 vs cohort 1961
- mental health
- neuroticism
and life course transitions:
- first job
- no job
- left parental home
- living together/marriage first partner
- living together/marriage second partner
- having first child
O-Sum-cy-mq-v-7-ab=-2.0 p < .001
additional controlled for years since transition :
- first paid job
- no job
- left parental home
- living together/marriage first partner
- divorce from first partner
- living together/marriage second partner
- having first child

Unaffected by squaring the above years of 
transition variables

Unaffected by gender

Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-Sum-cy-mq-v-7-aSelfreport on four questions:

Using the 1-7 scale below, indicate how much each of the following statements applies for you in the last 18 months.
A In most ways my life is close to ideal
B The conditions of my life are excellent
C I am satisfied with my life
D So far, I have gotten the important things I want in life

Answers rated:
7 applies completely
6 apllies
5 apllies slightly
4 neither applies nor does not apply
3 slightly not applicable
2 not applicable
1 applies not at all

Computation: A+B+C+D divided by 4

Name: Shortened Diener's Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS), last years version
(In the original scale item 5 reads: 'If I could live my life over, I would change nothing'. This item is left out in this selection because a positive answer to this question does not necessarily mean that the respondent doesn't like the life he/she actually lives.)

Appendix 2: Statistics used
Type: test statistic
Measurement level: Correlate: metric, Happiness: metric
Theoretical range: unlimited

b > 0 A higher correlate level corresponds with a higher happiness rating on average.
B < 0 A higher correlate level corresponds with a lower happiness rating on average.
B = 0 Not any correlation with the relevant correlate.
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.