Findings on happiness in Ferree (1976): study US 1974

Author(s)Ferree, M.M.
TitleWorking-Class Jobs: Housework and Paid Work as Sources of Satisfaction.
SourceSocial Problems, 1976, Vol. 23, 431 - 441
PublicWorking class mothers, USA, 1974
 Second and third generation Irish and Italian, and recent Portuguese, Greek and Spanish speaking mothers with children in first or second grade from a Working class community in Eastern Massachusetts. All women were married and living with their husbands.
Survey nameNot available
SampleProbability stratified sample
Respondents N =135
Non Response25%
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interview
General remarksSame data also reported in FERRE 1980
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: "In general, how satisfying do you find the way you're spending your life these days.....?" Rated on numerical scale (steps and labels not reported)
Author's labelSatisfaction with life
Page in publication434
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
EducationE01ab02Level of school-education
EmploymentE02ab01Full-time home maker
EmploymentF02af01Oneself-mother: works (vs not), also classified as above ↑
Part-time workE02ad01Full-time vs part-time
Self-esteemS02ad03cSelf confidence