Findings on happiness in Berry & Williams (1987): study US Indiana 1986

Author(s)Berry, R.E.; Williams, F.L.
TitleAssessing the Relationship between Quality of Life and Marital and Income Satisfaction: A Path-Analytic Approach.
SourceJournal of Marriage and the Family, 1987, Vol. 49, 107 -116
PublicCouples, Indiana, USA, 1986
 Family consisting of husband, wife, and at least one child under 19 years of age
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleProbability area sample
 to be eligible, respondents had to be part of a family consisting of husband, wife, and at least one child under 19 years of age
Respondents N =265
 N in units of individuals and family metropolitan area: N = 134 nonmetropolitan location: N = 131
Non Response36% of the eligibles
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Personal interview for one spouse + additional questionnaires for the other spouse and adolescent(s)
General remarksassumed, not explicitly reported
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelf report on single question: .. satisfaction with quality of life . (full text not reported) 1 extremely dissatisfied 2 dissatisfied 3 somewhat dissatisfied 4 mixed 5 somewhat satisfied 6 satisfied 7 extremely satisfied
Author's labelSatisfaction with quality of life
Page in publication110
Remarks% satisfied (6 or7): - husbands 58% - wives 63%
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
CommunicationM03ab02Intimacy with spouse
Family incomeI01ab03Household income
Net worthP12abCurrent possessions
Perceived future securityP08acAttitudes to planning
Perceived future securityI01af05cSatisfaction with financial security, also classified as above ↑
Personal management (magagement procedures)L02abCurrent leadership behavior
Personal management (magagement procedures)H21ab03aHousehold management, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with family incomeI01af05aSatisfaction with income
Satisfaction with spouseM04afOwn attitudes to spouse
Satisfaction with spouseM03ac03Satisfaction with marriage, also classified as above ↑
Value rank agreementM03ab01Heterogeneity of marriage-partners
Value rank agreementV04abSimilarity of own values with others, also classified as above ↑
Value rank agreementM04agSimilarity with spouse, also classified as above ↑
Wife's employment statusM04ab03bEmployment of spouse
Wife's employment statusE02ab01Full-time home maker, also classified as above ↑
Wife's employment statusE02ad01Full-time vs part-time, also classified as above ↑
Wife's employment statusM04ad02Work hours of spouce, also classified as above ↑
Years marriedM03aa03cLength of current marriage