Findings on happiness in Gwanfogbe et al. (1970): study CM 1965

Author(s)Gwanfogbe, P.N.; Furrow, J.L.; Schumm, W.R.; Smith, M.
TitlePolygyny and Marital Life Satisfaction: An Exploratory Study from Rural Cameroon.
SourceJournal of Comparative Family Studies, 1970, Vol. 28, 55 - 71
PublicMothers of young child, rural areas, Cameroon, 196?
 Household with mother, at least one child 15-36 month of age, husband and other relatives, staying in the same home and eating from the same pot.
 Year of data gathering not reported
Survey nameNot available
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
 A table of random numbers was used to select: 3 out of 6 divisions in the Western Province; 2 subdivisions from each of the 3 divisions; 6 enumeration zones from each of the 6 divisions; 2 villages in each of the 36 zones.
Respondents N =300
 89,7% were married; 8,0% never married; 0,7% separated; 1,7% divorced; 45,0% only wife of their husband; 12,3% first wife; 20,3% second wife; 9,0% third wife; 3,0% fourth wife; 2,0% fifth or higher wife.
Non Response37%
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Are you happy with your life? 2 yes 1 no - don't know
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication60
DKNA %0.3
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 2On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.305.93

Scores in12

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Age of husbandM04abCurrent characteristics of spouse
Age of motherA04abCurrent age (in years)
EducationE01ab02Level of school-education
Household equipmentP12abCurrent possessions
HousingH22ab03Quality of current dwelling
Husband's supportivenessH21ab02aShared household-tasks
Husband's supportivenessM04ad01Support by spouse, also classified as above ↑
Marital satisfactionM03ac03Satisfaction with marriage
Number of children livingC03ab01Number of children
Wife orderH20ab05Own position in household
Wife orderM03ab07Position in polygamous marriage, also classified as above ↑