Findings on happiness in Nelson (1981): study US 1978 /1

Author(s)Nelson, G.
TitleModerators of Womens and Childrens Adjustment Following Parental Divorce.
SourceJournal of Divorce, 1981, Vol. 4, 71 - 83
DOIDOI: 10.1300/J279v04n03_05
PublicChildren, living with divorced mothers, Manitoba, USA, 1978
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Non-probability chunk sample using legal records of the local divorce court. The following inclusion criteria were specified a priori : 1) the family must consist of a mother who has been married only once and whose children all fell in the age range of 4 to 14 years old. 2) the women must have been permanently separated from between 5 and 25 months and must not have lived with a man under common law since the separation. 15 divorced families meeting the inclusion criteria were selected for study. There were 16 girls, with an average age of 9.8 years, and 15 boys , with an average age of 8.7 years, in the selected sample. The average age of the divorcees was 31.2 years, and they had been separated from their ex-husbands on the average for 16.5 months. All of the divorced families were white, and most of the divorcees (80%) were employed. All divorcees lived alone with their children. The group was representative of total population.
Respondents N =31
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Mailed questionnaire and focused interview
General remarksThrough the divorce court records, 106 divorced families were identified who met the inclusion criteria. The response rate to the survey was 43.9% .
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 labelEmotional adjustment
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Marital happiness ofparents at the time of separationshow  Parents marital satisfaction
Time since separationshow  Recent divorce/separation