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 label Our subject description
Communicationshow  Intimacy with spouse
Family incomeshow  Household income
Net worthshow  Current possessions
Perceived future securityshow  Attitudes to planning
Perceived future securityshow  Satisfaction with financial security, also classified as above ↑
Personal management (magagement procedures)show  Current leadership behavior
Personal management (magagement procedures)show  Household management, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with family incomeshow  Satisfaction with income
Satisfaction with spouseshow  Own attitudes to spouse
Satisfaction with spouseshow  Satisfaction with marriage, also classified as above ↑
Value rank agreementshow  Heterogeneity of marriage-partners
Value rank agreementshow  Similarity of own values with others, also classified as above ↑
Value rank agreementshow  Similarity with spouse, also classified as above ↑
Wife's employment statusshow  Employment of spouse
Wife's employment statusshow  Full-time home maker, also classified as above ↑
Wife's employment statusshow  Full-time vs part-time, also classified as above ↑
Wife's employment statusshow  Work hours of spouce, also classified as above ↑
Years marriedshow  Length of current marriage