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Townsend & Gurin (1981): study US 1972

Publication

Author(s):
Townsend, A.; Gurin, P.
Title:
Re-examining the frustrated homemaker hypothesis: Role fit, personal dissatisfaction, and collective discontent.
Source:
Sociology of Work and Occupations, 1981, Vol. 8, 464 - 488

Investigation

Public:
18+ aged, white women, USA, 1972
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 946
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Highly structured

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

"In general, how satisfying do you find your life these days? Would you call it....?."
3  completely satisfying
2  pretty satisfying
1  not satisfying
Classification:
O-SLu-c-sq-v-3-b
Author's label:
personal dissatisfaction with life
Error estimates:
Responses recoded 1: completely and pretty, 2 not very satisfying
Full text:
Selfreport on single question.:

Up to now, have you been able to satisfy most of your ambitions in life or have you had to settle for less than you had hoped for .....?
2  able to satisfy ambitions
1  settled for less
Classification:
C-RA-h-sq-v-2-a
Author's label:
Sense of unfulfillment

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Sense of fulfilment O-SL by C-RW Sense of restriction Amount of restrictions perceived Role-fit Role conflict
Full-time home maker
Current employment status
Marital status Married state (compared to non-married states)
Married vs widowed
Education Level of school-education Age Current age (in years) Joint effects Socio-demographic + life style