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Studies

Dykstra & Liefbroer (1998): study NL 1992

Publication

Author(s):
Dykstra, P.A.; Liefbroer, A.C.
Title:
Kinderloos en toch Gelukkig? (Childless but Still Happy?)
Source:
Mens en Maatschappij, 1998, Vol. 73, 108 - 129

Investigation

Public:
55-89 aged, The Netherlands, 1992
Sample:
Probability stratified sample
Respondents:
N = 3729
Non Response:
38,3
Assessment:
Interview: computer assisted (CAPI)

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on single question:

Taken all together, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with your life in general?
1  very dissatisfied
2  not satisfied
3  neither satisfied nor dissatisfied
4 satisfied
5  very satisfied
Classification:
O-SLu-g-sq-n-5-a
Author's label:
subjective wellbeing
Observed distribution
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 5 On range 0-10
Mean:
4.10 -
SD:
- -

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding female/male Sexe: male (vs female) current age Age difference among elderly parental history Ever had children (vs not)
Family career (family life-cycle)
Earlier life-change
marital history/in second marriage Earlier life-change
Still with first spouse
Early retirement Development of one's employment
Occupational career
Retirement career
upward occupational mobility Occupational career
Earlier social mobility
Intra-generational mobility
life history Earlier life (antecedents of happiness)
Summed effect of earlier conditions
loss of children Death of children
Family career (family life-cycle)
Specific earlier life-events
Marital history/single never married Life-long single Marital history/single, divorced Earlier life-change
Ever divorced/separated
Marital History/single, widowed Earlier life-change
Specific earlier life-events
Ever widowed
Marital history, single after more marriages Earlier life-change
Still with first spouse