Findings on happiness in Kamp Dush & Amato (2005): study US 1992

Author(s)Kamp Dush, C.M.; Amato, P.R.
TitleConsequences of Relationship Status and Quality for Subjective Well-Being
SourceJournal of Social and Personal Relationships, 2005, Vol.22, 607 - 627
Public19+ aged, United States, 1992-97
 Offspring of married persons interviewed in 1980 at age 55
 1992 and 1997
Survey nameNot available
 Study of Marital Instability over the Life Course (Booth, Amato, & Johnson, 1998).
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
 Selected from a national sample of 2033 married individuals of 55 years of age and under in 1980. In 1992 interviewers contacted 471 adult offsprings i.e. 19 years of age or older of the original 2033 married respondents. In 1997 an additional 220 offspring who reached the age op 19 after 1992 were interviewed. Telephone interviewers used a random-digit-dialing procedure to obtain a national sample of 2033 married individuals 55 years of age and under in 1980. (For additional reports based on this data set, see Amato & Booth, 1997; Booth, Johnson, White, & Edwards, 1985).
Respondents N =691
Non Responsenot reported
AssesmentInterview: telephone (CATI)
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Overall, how happy would you say you are these days? 1 not very happy 2 pretty happy 3 very happy
Author's labelGeneral Life Happiness
Page in publication615
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 3On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.703.49

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Distress symptomsshow  Scores on symptom inventories
Educationshow  Level of school-education
Femaleshow  Sex (male vs female)
Life satisfactionshow  Satisfaction with multiple domains of life
Nonwhiteshow  Ethnic status in the USA
Relationship happinessshow  Attitudes to one's love-life
Relationship Statusshow  Current love-life
Relationship Statusshow  Formally-married vs living-as-married, also classified as above ↑
Relationship Statusshow  Married vs never married, also classified as above ↑
Self-esteemshow  Evaluation of self-as-a-whole