Findings on happiness in Guidubaldi & Perry (1985): study US 1984

Author(s)Guidubaldi, J.; Perry, J.D.
TitleDivorce and Mental Health Sequelae for Children: A Two Year Follow-Up of a Nation Wide Sample.
SourceJournal of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry, 1985, Vol. 24, 531 - 537
PublicSchool children, first to fitfth grade, USA, 1984
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Stratified sample: 1981 1. School psychologists were randomly selected from NASP membership rosters, according to a stratification based on size of state population. 2. The 144 participating school psychologists randomly selected an elementary school within their district. 3. They randomly selected six children: two first graders, two third graders and two fifth graders. At each grade level one child represented an intact-family situation, and the other a currently-divorced single-parent family. In 1981 no happiness measure was used. In 1984 the same 144 psychologists were requested to gather data again. Only 29 participated in 1984. The procedure followed was the same as in 1981.
Respondents N =110
Non Response84%
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interview
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textTeacher rating of cheerfulness: "How happy is he/she?" Response options not reported. Item in Achenbach Teacher Rating Scale (Achenbach)
Author's labelHappiness
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Male sexshow  Sex (male vs female)
Parents divorced vs parents togethershow  Number of parents (broken home)