Findings on happiness in Glancy et al. (1986): study US 1947

Author(s)Glancy, M.; Farrel, P.; Willits, F.K.
TitleAdolescent Activities and Adult Success and Happiness: Twenty Four Years Later.
SourceSociology and Social Research, 1986, Vol. 70, 242 - 250
PublicHigh school pupils, rural area Pensylvania USA, followed 1947-1971
 Highschool pupils in 1947 reinterviewed in 1971
Last assesment1971
 Follow-up from highschool into middle age
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleNon-probability chunk sample
 All members of the sophomore classes in 74 rural highschools
Respondents N =1521
Non ResponseNot available
 The 1971 panel differed signigfantly from the original sample. Females were more likely to provide data in 1971 than males. Besides this the 1971 panel was reduced to eliminate all cases for which data on one or more of the study variables were not available. Because of the male drop out and cases with missing varaibles the sample size in 1971 was reduced to 1521 (662 men and 859 women).
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport 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
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication244
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Educational attainmentE01abCurrent education
Extracurricular participation when in highschoolS01aa01aEarlier school-behavior
Father's educationF01ag01Parents education
Father's occupationF01ag03Parents occupation
High school GPAI03aa01Earlier intelligence
High school GPAS01aa01Earlier schooling, also classified as above ↑
Leisure pattern factorsL03aa01Earlier leisure
Mother's educationF01ag01Parents education
Number of siblingsF01ab01Number of siblings
Summed determinantsS15ab06Socio-demographic + life style