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Studies

Nock (1981): study US 1973

Publication

Author(s):
Nock, S.L.
Title:
Family Life-Cycle Transitions: Longitudinal Effects on Family Members.
Source:
Journal of Marriage and the Family, 1981, Vol. 43, 703 -714

Investigation

Public:
16+ aged working force, USA, followed 5 years, 1973-1977
Sample:
Probability area sample
Respondents:
N = 963
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Here are some words and phrases. We would like you to use these in describing how you feel about your present life.
1  not too happy
2
3
4
5
6
7  very happy

Item in Campbell's semantic differential scale
Classification:
O-HL-c-sq-n-7-c
Author's label:
Happiness
Page in publication:
706
Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Here are some words and phrases. We would like you to use these in describing how you feel about your present life.
1  not very satisfying
2
3
4
5
6
7  completely satisfying

Item in Campbell's semantic differential scale
Classification:
O-SLu-c-sq-n-7-c
Author's label:
Life satisfaction
Page in publication:
706

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding First marriage Recent marriage Remarriage Recent re-marriage Divorce Recent divorce/separation Widowhood Recent widowhood Birth of first child Birth of children Birth of additional child within past 5 years Number of children
Birth of children
Multiple transitions Specific life-changes
Specific earlier life-events
Education Level of school-education Sex Sex (male vs female) Race Ethnic status in the USA Age Current age (in years) Evaluation of happiness in 1972-1973 Past happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago) Summed effects Summed effects of earlier + current conditions Evaluation of life satisfaction in 1972-1973 Past happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago)