Findings on happiness in Schimmack & Lucas (2007): study XZ Germany West 1984

Author(s)Schimmack, U.; Lucas, R.E.
TitleMarriage Matters, Spousal Similarity in Life Satisfaction.
SourceSchmollers Jahrbuch, 2007, Vol. 1, 1 - 7
PublicCouples, followed 21 years, West-Germany 1984-2004
Survey nameDE-SOEP
 German Socio-Economic Panel Study (GSOEP)
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
 Couples selected from probability sample of households
Respondents N =1728
 874 couples of which data were available for all 21 waves
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Yearly, with both spouses separately
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking all things together, how satisfied are you with your life these days? Please answer with the help of this scale. For instance, when you are totally satisfied with your life, please tick '10'. When you are totally unsatisfied with your life, please tick '0'. You may use all values in between to indicate that you are neither totally satisfied nor totally unsatisfied." 10 totally satisfied 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 totally unsatisfied
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication4
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
spousal similarity in life-satisfactionM04abCurrent characteristics of spouse
spousal similarity in life-satisfactionH08acCurrent happiness of others, also classified as above ↑
spousal similarity in life-satisfactionH08aaEarlier happiness of others, also classified as above ↑
stability of happinessH04ab01cLong term happiness (< 10 years ago)