Findings on happiness in Hobdy et al. (2007): study US Texas 2006

Author(s)Hobdy, J.; Hayslip, B.; Kaminski, P.
TitleThe Role of Attachment Style in Coping with Job Loss and the Empty Nest in Adulthood.
SourceInternational Journal of Ageing and Hunman Development, 2007, Vol. 65, 335 - 371
PublicEmpty nest and job-loss adults, USA, 2006
Survey nameNot available
 Own survey
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
 328 participants were originally recruited by means of an announcement made to university classes, newspaper advertisements, an employment agency, and support groups for people who had lost their jobs; 276 had complete data for all measures. Participants were asked to take part in a study investigating adult life transitions, wherein selection criteria were having launched one’s youngest child and/or having lost a full-time job within the past 24 months. Job loss was defined as loss of full-time employment, including layoffs, and via firings.
Respondents N =276
 Job-loss: N=65; empty nest: N=211
Non Response16%
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
General remarksAssumed by WDH-team
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelf report on 26 items. (text of items not reported) 13 items positive affect 13 items negative affect 1 = yes 0 = no Compute Affect Balance: (sum positive items = yes) minus (sum negative items = yes) Affect Balance Scale Bradburn, 26 item version
Author's labelPositive and negative affect
Page in publication346-347,349-350
RemarksWeighed average computed from PA and NA by WDH-team for whole sample (empty-nest + job-loss). Job-loss: M= -2.50 Empty-nest: M= +.55
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range -13 - 13On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation