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Studies

McLanahan & Adams (1989): study US 1957

Publication

Author(s):
McLanahan, S.S.; Adams, J.
Title:
The Effect of Children on Adults Psychological Well-Being 1957 - 1976.
Source:
Social Forces, 1989, Vol. 68, 124 - 146

Investigation

Public:
21+ aged, general public, USA, 1957-1976
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 4664
Non Response:
± 30%
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Structured interview

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Taken all together, how would you say things are these days?   Would you say that you are....?
3  very happy
2  pretty happy
1  not too happy
Classification:
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aa
Author's label:
Happiness
Remarks:
Range 0-1 (1= very happy: 0= pretty happy, not too happy).
1957: M=0.36     1976: M=0.32
See VEROF 1981 for distribution on range 1-3
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 3 On range 0-10
Mean:
0.32

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Parenthood Current parental status Young kids Age of children Schoolkids Age of children Empty nest Leaving home of children (empty nest)