Findings on happiness in Holland-Benin & Cable-Nienstedt (1985): study US 1978

Author(s)Holland-Benin, M.; Cable-Nienstedt, B.
TitleHappiness in Single- and Dual-Earner Families: The Effects of Marital Happiness, Job Satisfaction, and Life Cycle.
SourceJournal of Marriage and the Family, 1985, Vol. 47, 975 -984
PublicMarried persons, non-institutionalized, USA, 1978-83
Survey nameNot available
 NORC General Social Surveys
SampleNot available
 Probability multi stage samples in 1978, 1980, 1982 and 1983. Married persons only. Four categories: - housewives N=774 - husbands of housewives N=472 - working wives N=922 - husbands of working wives N=882
Respondents N =3050
Non Response?
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interview
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taken all together, how happy would you say you are? Are you......? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not so happy
Author's labelHappiness
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 3On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Scores in123

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
EducationE01ab02Level of school-education
Job satisfactionW05ad01Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole
Marital happinessM03ac03Satisfaction with marriage
Stage of life cycleF02aaFamily career (family life-cycle)
Work statusE02ab01Full-time home maker
Workstatus of wifeM04ab03bEmployment of spouse