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Studies

Orden & Bradburn (1968): study US 1963

Publication

Author(s):
Orden, S.R.; Bradburn, N.M.
Title:
Dimensions of Marriage Happiness.
Source:
American Journal of Sociology, 1968, Vol. 73, 715 - 731

Investigation

Public:
Married people,USA, metropolitan areas, 1963-1965
Sample:
Probability area sample
Respondents:
N = 1738
Non Response:
not reported
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
1. Individual own assessment (self report) 2. Self-administered questionnaire read to the respondents containing an index of marriage tensions and marriage satisfactions

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Taking all together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say you are .....?
3   very happy
2   pretty happy
1   not too happy
Classification:
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-a
Author's label:
Overall happiness
Page in publication:
730
Full text:
Selfreport on 18 questions:

How have things been going in the past few weeks? Please tick one of the two boxes for each of the questions below:
A  Have you been annoyed with someone?
B  Have you ever felt lonely or remote from people?
C  Have you ever felt that things were going your way?
D  Have you ever felt very worried
E  Have you ever felt pleased because you've got friends?
F  Have you ever been afraid of what might happen?
G  Have you ever felt particularly excited or interested in something?
H  Have you ever felt depressed or unhappy?
I   Have you ever been full of energy?
J  Have you ever felt really tired?
K  Have you ever felt so restless that you could not sit long in a chair?
L  Have you ever felt that you were really enjoying yourself?
M  Have you ever felt really cheerful?
N  Have you ever felt like crying?
O  Have you ever felt at the top of the world?
P  Have you ever felt confident about the future?
Q  Have you ever felt bored?
R  Have you ever felt pleased about having accomplished something?

Rated:
0:  no
1:  yes

Computation: (C+E+G+I+L+M+O+P+R) - (A+B+D+F+H+J+K+N+Q)

Name: Bradburn's Affect Balance Scale: extended version
Classification:
A-AB-cm-mq-v-2-a
Author's label:
Psychological Well-Being
Page in publication:
715

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Marriage tensions Tensions in relationship Marriage companionship Satisfaction with marriage Marriage sociability Satisfaction with marriage Marriage happiness rating Satisfaction with marriage