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Studies

Moen et al. (1995): study US 1956

Publication

Author(s):
Moen, P.; Dempster-McClain, D.; Robison, J.
Title:
Caregiving and Women's Well-Being: A Life Course Approach.
Source:
Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 1995, Vol. 36, 259 - 273

Investigation

Public:
Mothers USA, followed 30 years 1956-1986
Sample:
Probability stratified sample
Respondents:
N = 313
Non Response:
20
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
And questionnaire. In 1986 also extensive life history data were collected.

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on 3 questions:

A
How often do you find yourself feeling disappointed about the ways things have turned out for you?
1  often
2  sometimes
3  hardly ever

B
All in all, how much happiness would you say you find in your life today?
1  almost none
2  some
3  a good deal

C
On the whole, how satisfied would you say you are with your life today?
1  not very satisfied
2  fairly satisfied
3  very satisfied

Summation: A+B+C/3
Classification:
M-CO---mq-v-3-a
Author's label:
general life satisfaction
Page in publication:
264
Error estimates:
Cronbach alpha: at T1 .62, at T2 .69

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Caregiving Care giving
Current support behavior
Self-esteem Earlier self-image
Later self-image
Early multiple role occupancy Earlier roles
Earlier support behavior
Earlier total social participation
Current role conflict Later roles Current depression Later mental health