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Studies

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

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- BRFSS 2005
Sample:
Probability simple random sample
Respondents:
N = 962
Non Response:
53%
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:
Happiness at  T1
Page in publication:
214
Observed distribution
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 3 On range 0-10
Mean:
1.41 -
SD:
0.57 -

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Change in marital happiness over 20 years: Trajectory types Later satisfaction with current marriage Children less than 18 Ever had children (vs not) Family Income Household income Use of public assistance Income from social security Wife employed full time Part-time working of house-wives
Employment of spouse
Spouse part-time employed
Wife extended hours Earlier work hours Husband employed Employment of spouse
Employment of husband
Husband share housework Shared household-tasks
Modern marriage
Equal decision making Current characteristics of marriage-relationship
Modern marriage
Traditional gender attitude Gender-role attitudes
Modern value pattern
Modern marriage
Traditional marriage attitude Conservative
Modern value pattern
Family values
R-squared within/between Summed effect of earlier conditions