Correlational finding on Happiness and Satisfaction with marriage
Subject code: M03ac03

StudyHolland-Benin & Cable-Nienstedt (1985): study US 1978
TitleHappiness in Single- and Dual-Earner Families: The Effects of Marital Happiness, Job Satisfaction, and Life Cycle.
SourceJournal of Marriage and the Family, 1985, Vol. 47, 975 -984
PublicMarried persons, non-institutionalized, USA, 1978-83
Sample
Non-Response?
Respondents N =3050

Correlate
Author's labelMarital happiness
Page in Source 978-981
Our classificationSatisfaction with marriage, code M03ac03
Operationalization
Single direct question: "Taking all things together, 
how would you describe your marriage?"

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-HL-u-sq-v-3-hOR=+ s
More strongly linked to 'happy' responses than to
'unhappy' ones.

Largely unaffected by job satisfaction. Yet 
interaction with job satisfaction in relation to 
'happy' responses among working wives and their 
husbands, and in relation to 'unhappy' responses 
among housewives.


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-HL-u-sq-v-3-hSelfreport on single question:

Taken all together, how happy would you say you are? Are you......?
3 very happy
2 pretty happy
1 not so happy


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
ORODDS RATIO
Type: descriptive statistic only.
Measurement level: Correlate: dichotomous, Happiness level: dichotomous
Range: nonnegative unlimited

Meaning:
OR = 1 no association at all;
OR = 0 or infinite at least one level of the correlate allows an error-free prediction of the happiness.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl