Correlational finding on Happiness and Family career (family life-cycle)
Subject code: F02aa

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 labelStage of life cycle
Page in Source 979-982
Our classificationFamily career (family life-cycle), code F02aa
Operationalization
1 Young married
2 Family with baby
3 Family with schoolchildren
4 Empty nest

Couples not fitting this categorisation excluded (15%)

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-HL-u-sq-v-3-hOR= s
Husbands (both of housewives and workingwives) 
more happy in stage 1 and 4, and less happy in 
stage 2 and 3. No difference among wives (whether 
housewife or working).

More strongly linked to 'happy' responses than to 
'unhappy' ones.


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