Findings on happiness in Nock (1981): study US 1973

Publication
Author(s)Nock, S.L.
TitleFamily Life-Cycle Transitions: Longitudinal Effects on Family Members.
SourceJournal of Marriage and the Family, 1981, Vol. 43, 703 -714
Investigation
Public16+ aged working force, USA, followed 5 years, 1973-1977
Collect period1-2
Last assesment1977
 T1: January/February 1973, T2 1977
Survey nameNot available
 Quality of Employment Surveys
SampleProbability area sample
 Within households one person of 16 years or older and working 20 or more hours or temporarily unemployed was interviewed Because the sample only includes members of the labor force, it has an under representation of women, especially married women. (62 % males)
Respondents N =963
 T1:1455 T2: 1086
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport 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
ClassificationO-HL-c-sq-n-7-c
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication706
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Full textSelfreport 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
ClassificationO-SLu-c-sq-n-7-c
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication706
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
Birth of additional child within past 5 yearsC03aa02bBirth of children
Birth of additional child within past 5 yearsC03ab01Number of children, also classified as above ↑
Birth of first childC03aa02bBirth of children
DivorceM01ab02aRecent divorce/separation
EducationE01ab02Level of school-education
Evaluation of happiness in 1972-1973H04ab01bPast happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago)
Evaluation of life satisfaction in 1972-1973H04ab01bPast happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago)
First marriageM01ab01bRecent marriage
Multiple transitionsL06aa01bSpecific earlier life-events
Multiple transitionsL05ab02Specific life-changes, also classified as above ↑
RaceE04ab03tEthnic status in the USA
RemarriageM01ab01cRecent re-marriage
SexG01aaSex (male vs female)
Summed effectsS15ad01Summed effects of earlier + current conditions
WidowhoodM01ab02bRecent widowhood