Findings on happiness in Orden & Bradburn (1968): study US 1963

Author(s)Orden, S.R.; Bradburn, N.M.
TitleDimensions of Marriage Happiness.
SourceAmerican Journal of Sociology, 1968, Vol. 73, 715 - 731
PublicMarried people,USA, metropolitan areas, 1963-1965
 - husbands and wives, not couples - 4 communities: 2 within the Detroit metropolitan area; 1 from the Chicago and Washington metropolitan areas; 1 from the ten largest metropolitan areas in the United States
Survey nameNot available
 Third Wave, 1965, of a longitudinal study by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC),
SampleProbability area sample
Respondents N =1738
 781 husbands; 957 wives
Non Responsenot reported
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 1. Individual own assessment (self report) 2. Self-administered questionnaire read to the respondents containing an index of marriage tensions and marriage satisfactions
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking all together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say you are .....? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy
Author's labelOverall happiness
Page in publication730
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Full textSelfreport on 18 questions: How have things been going in the past few weeks? Please tick one of the two boxes for each of the questions below: A Have you been annoyed with someone? B Have you ever felt lonely or remote from people? C Have you ever felt that things were going your way? D Have you ever felt very worried E Have you ever felt pleased because you've got friends? F Have you ever been afraid of what might happen? G Have you ever felt particularly excited or interested in something? H Have you ever felt depressed or unhappy? I Have you ever been full of energy? J Have you ever felt really tired? K Have you ever felt so restless that you could not sit long in a chair? L Have you ever felt that you were really enjoying yourself? M Have you ever felt really cheerful? N Have you ever felt like crying? O Have you ever felt at the top of the world? P Have you ever felt confident about the future? Q Have you ever felt bored? R Have you ever felt pleased about having accomplished something? Rated: 0: no 1: yes Computation: (C+E+G+I+L+M+O+P+R) - (A+B+D+F+H+J+K+N+Q) Name: Bradburn's Affect Balance Scale: extended version
Author's labelPsychological Well-Being
Page in publication715
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Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Marriage companionshipshow  Satisfaction with marriage
Marriage happiness ratingshow  Satisfaction with marriage
Marriage sociabilityshow  Satisfaction with marriage
Marriage tensionsshow  Tensions in relationship