Correlational finding on Happiness and Earlier sexual behavior
Subject code: S03aa01a

StudyElse-Quest et al. (2005): study US 1992
TitleContext Counts: Long-Term Sequelae of Premarital Intercourse of Abstinence.
SourceJournal of Sex Research, 2005, Vol. 42, 102 - 112
Public18-59 aged, USA, 1992
SampleProbability sample (unspecified)
Non-Response21.4 %
Respondents N =3425

Correlate
Author's labelFirst sex pre-marital
Page in Source 15,16
Our classificationEarlier sexual behavior, code S03aa01a
Operationalization
Selfreport of marital status at time of first vaginal 
intercourse
1: before marriage (pre-marital first sex)
0: in marriage
Observed distributionN = 1: 2120 (males 1053, females 1067); 0: 416 (males 120, females 296)
Remarks
Ss reporting forced first intercourse excluded (N=618)

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-HL-cy-sq-v-5-aDMa=-
All
- before marriage Ma = 3,63 (SD = 0,94)
- in marriage     Ma = 3,81 (SD = 0,94)
difference            -0,18
O-HL-cy-sq-v-5-aDMa=-
Males
- before marriage Ma = 3,67 (SD = 0,90)
- in marriage     Ma = 3,89 (SD = 0,94)
difference            -0,22
O-HL-cy-sq-v-5-aDMa=-
Females
- before marriage Ma = 3,59 (SD = 0,96)
- in marriage     Ma = 3,78 (SD = 0,95)
difference            -0,19

More negative among women who came to age after 
the sexual revolution

Ma's controlled for:
- age
- education
- use of alcohol


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-HL-cy-sq-v-5-aSelfreport on single question:

Generally, how happy have you been with your personal life during the past 12 month?
1 unhappy most of the time
2 sometimes fairly unhappy
3 generally satisfied, pleased
4 very happy most of the time
5 extremely happy


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
DMaDIFFERENCE IN ADJUSTED MEANS, See also Ma
Type: test statistic
Computed in Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA) or in multiple classification analysis (MCA)
Seldom used in happiness research. See excerpted report for further reference.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl