Findings on happiness in Weingarten (1985): study US 1976

Author(s)Weingarten, H.R.
TitleMarital Status and Well-Being: A National Study Comparing First-Married, Currently Divorced and Remarried Adults.
SourceJournal of Marriage and the Family, 1985, Vol. 47, 653 - 662
Public21+ aged whites, first married; divorced and remarried, USA, 1976
Survey nameNot available
 Modern Living Study
SampleNot available
 Respondents selected by area probability sampling methods (Kish and Hess, 1965). Excluded were: - never married persons - nonwhites - remarried persons after death of one partner
Respondents N =1452
Non Response36%
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interview at home
General remarksSame study also reported in VEROF 1981.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taken all together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say that you are....? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy
Author's labelHappiness
Finding used in
nation ranks

Full textSelfreport on single question: In general how satisfying do you find the way you are spending your life these days. Would you call it.....? 3 completely satisfying 2 pretty satisfying 1 not very satisfying
Author's labelSatisfaction
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
DivorceM02aa03Married vs divorced
Remarriage after divorceM01ab01cRecent re-marriage