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Studies

Kamp Dush et al. (2008): study US 1980 /1

Publication

Author(s):
Kamp Dush, C.M.; Kroeger, R.A.; Taylor, M.G.
Title:
Marital Happiness and Psychological Well-Being Across the Life Course.
Source:
Family Relations, 2008, Vol. 57, 211 - 226

Investigation

Public:
Married people, USA, followed 20 years 1980-2000
Survey name:
US-Longitudinal study Instability of marriage over life course
Sample:
Probability simple random sample
Respondents:
N = 2034
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: telephone (CATI)

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on single question:

Generally speaking; how would you say, you are these days.....?
1  very happy
2  pretty happy
3  not too happy
Classification:
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-ca
Author's label:
life happiness
Remarks:
Reported on range 0-2: M = 1,41, SD = 0,57
Tranformed to range 1-3 by WDH team
Page in publication:
215
Observed distribution
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 3 On range 0-10
Mean:
2.41 -
SD:
- -

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Marital Happiness Change in satisfaction with marriage
Later satisfaction with current marriage
Children less than 18 Leaving home of children (empty nest)
Change in numberr of children in household
Family income Change in income level Public assistance Change in use of public assistance Wife employed full time Change in employment
Change employment of spouce
Husband employed Change in employment
Change employment of spouce
Equal decision making More shared decision making Traditional gender attitudes Gender preference, non-conforming gender identity
Change in attitude to gender
Traditional marriage attitudes Change in attitude to marriage Husband share of housework Helping more with household chores Wife extended work hours Change in work hours
Change employment of spouce
R square Change in marriage relationship
Summed effect of change in personal conditions