Findings on happiness in Keith (1985a): study US 1969

Publication
Author(s)Keith, P.M.
TitleWork, Retirement and Well-Being among Unmarried Men and Women.
SourceGerontologist, 1985, Vol. 25, 410 - 416
Investigation
Public58-63 aged unmarried, followed 10 years, USA, 1969-1979
Last assesment1979
 T1:1969, T2:1979
Survey nameNot available
SampleProbability stratified sample
 Probability sample from the Longitudinal Retirement History Survey, conducted by the U.S. Bureau of census for the Social Security Administration, a subsample was taken of unmarried men and women who participated both in 1969 and in 1979, who were unmarried at both interviews and were employed in 1969.
Respondents N =1398
 (326 men, 1072 women)
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interview
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
ClassificationO-HL-c-sq-v-3-aa
Author's labelHappiness
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Age difference among elderly
Earlier educationshow  Earlier educational level
Earlier happinessshow  Past happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago)
Earlier Occupationshow  Earlier occupation
Employmentshow  Current employment status
Healthshow  Self-perceived health
Incomeshow  Current income level (unspecified)
Joint effectsshow  Life-appraisals + personality
Joint effectsshow  Socio-demographic + health + life-appraisals, also classified as above ↑
Joint effectsshow  Summed effects of earlier + current conditions, also classified as above ↑
Male sexshow  Sex (male vs female)
Never marriedshow  Vs formerly married (widowed+divorced+separated)
Retirement attitudesshow  Attitudes to retirement