Findings on happiness in Rose (1955): study US 1952

Publication
Author(s)Rose, A.M.
TitleFactors Associated with the Life Satisfaction of Middle-Class, Middle-Aged Persons.
SourceMarriage and Family Living, 1955, Vol. 17, 15 - 19
URLhttp://www.jstor.org/stable/pdfplus/346773.pdf
Investigation
PublicMarried couples, middle aged, middle-class, USA, 1952-53
 1952 - 1953
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Non-probability accidental sample of married couples, using parents of sociology students.
Respondents N =416
Non Response50 %
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Administered at home and rating by children.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: In general, how satisfied are you with your life.....? 5 very satisfied 4 satisfied 3 average 2 somewhat dissatisfied 1 very dissatisfied
ClassificationO-SLu-g-sq-v-5-a
Author's labelSatisfaction with life
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
Age of marriage(<20 vs later)M03aa03dAge of marriage with current partner
Age of marriage(<30 vs later)M03aa03dAge of marriage with current partner
Amount of time spenton houseworkH21ab01aTime spend on household-work
Being employed out- side the house at paid tasksE02ab01Full-time home maker
Being younger than spouseM03ab01Heterogeneity of marriage-partners
Closeness of total family lifeF02acFamily climate
Closeness of total family lifeI07ab04Perceived quality of intimate ties, also classified as above ↑
Desire for having more amusementL05ac01bSpecific changes wanted
Desire for longer schoolingE01ad02Educational aspirations
Desire for longer schoolingL05ac01bSpecific changes wanted, also classified as above ↑
Desire for more amusementL03ad02Leisure aspirations
Desire for social participationS07ac01Concern about organizational participation
Dissatisfaction withage of marriageM03ac03Satisfaction with marriage
Engaging in hobbiesL03ac02eHobbies
Fondness of child for parentsC05abCurrent relation with one's children
Formal social participationS07ab02Attendance to meetings
Frequency of going out evenings with spouseL03acCurrent leisure activity
Frequency of going out evenings with spouseL03ac03Place of leisure (indoor vs outdoor), also classified as above ↑
Frequency of going out evenings with spouseM03ab05Shared activities, also classified as above ↑
Getting household assistance from children or husbandH21ab02aShared household-tasks
Having paid house- hold helpH21ab02aShared household-tasks
Job satisfactionW05ad01Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole
Life satisfaction of spouseM04ae01Happiness of spouse
Life satisfaction of spouseH08ac05Happiness of spouse, also classified as above ↑
Number / percentage of children living at homeC03ab02Children in the household
Number of childrenC03ab01Number of children
Number/percentage of children living at homeC03ab02Children in the household
Want to spend less time in work around the houseL05ac01bSpecific changes wanted
Want to spend less time on work around the houseT01af02Satisfaction with time-use
Want to spend more time in work around the houseL05ac01bSpecific changes wanted
Want to spend more time on work around the houseH21acAttitudes to household-work
Wish one had larger or smaller number of childrenC03ad02Satisfaction with number of children