Findings on happiness in Atkinson et al. (1986): study US 1982

Author(s)Atkinson, T.H.; Liem, J.H.; Liem, R.
TitleThe Social Costs of Unemployment: Implications for Social Support.
SourceJournal of Health and Social Behavior, 1986, Vol. 27, 317 - 331
PublicUnemployed males followed 2 month after jobloss and matched controls, Boston, USA, 1982
 T1: about 2 month after jobloss T2: another 2 month later
Survey nameNot available
 Data from a panel study involving low follow up 2, 4, 7 and 12 month after jobloss. Only data from the first two interviews is presented, after wich there were not sufficient number of workers with continuing unemployment to permit data analysis.
SampleNon-probability purposive-expert sample
 Families with unemployed husband (N = 82) were recruited through screening interviews at eight local offices of the Massachusetts Department of Employment Security. A control group of employed was matched pair-wise on falily size, husband's age, husband's occupation, age of youngest child and wife's work status
Respondents N =167
 82 unemployed males and 85 matched controls
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 With both spouces
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: ".......happiness....." (Full text not reported)
Author's labelOverall happiness
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Change in family cohesionF02ac02Change in family-climate
Change in marital supportM04aa02Change in characteristics of spouse
Change in spouse role performanceM04aa02Change in characteristics of spouse