Correlational finding on Happiness and Married state (compared to non-married states)
Subject code: M02aa

StudyFeller et al. (2013): study DE 1994
TitleLife Satisfaction and Risk of Chronic Diseases in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition {EPIC)-Germany.
SourcePLoS ONE 8(8): e73462
URLhttp://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0073462
DOIdoi:10.1371/joumal.pone.0073462
Public35-65 aged, general population, Germany, followed 4 years1994-2008
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
Non-Response
Respondents N =48976

Correlate
Author's labelFamily status
Page in Source 4
Our classificationMarried state (compared to non-married states), code M02aa
Operationalization
Marital status:
1 married
0 unmarried
    a single
    b divorced 
    c widowed

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-SLW-g-sq-v-4-bD%=+
T1 happiness by T1 marital status

- Single                %
  Very satisfied        6       
  Rather satisfied      9
  Unsatisfied          11

- Married 
  Very satisfied       83       
  Rather satisfied     76
  Unsatisfied          67
                  
- Divorced   
  Very satisfied        8       
  Rather satisfied     11
  Unsatisfied          17
                 
- Widowed   
  Very satisfied        3       
  Rather satisfied      4
  Unsatisfied           5


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-SLW-g-sq-v-4-bSelfreport on single question:

Please tell me how satisfied you are with your life overall. Would you say that you are..
4 very satisfied
3 mostly satisfied
2 mostly dissatisfied
1 very dissatisfied
- don't know


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
D%DIFFERENCE in PERCENTAGES
Type: descriptive statistic only.
Measurement level: Correlate level: dichotomous, but nominal or ordinal theoretically possible as well. Happiness level: dichotomous
Range: [-100; +100]

Meaning: the difference of the percentages happy people at two correlate levels.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl