Findings on happiness in Glenn & Weaver (1979): study US 1972

Author(s)Glenn, N.D.; Weaver, C.N.
TitleA Note on Family Situation and Global Happiness.
SourceSocial Forces, 1979, Vol. 57, 960 - 967
Public18-59 aged whites, non-institutionalized, USA, 1972-75
 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975
Survey nameNot available
 General Social Surveys.
SampleNot available
 Pooled probability multi stage samples of non-institutionalized; 18 years and up. Non-whites and people over 60 years have been excluded.
Respondents N =4049
 1972:1023, 1973:1002, 1974:1005, 1975:1019
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
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 labelPsychological well-being
Error estimatesReliability: 380 respondents of the 1972 wave were reinterviewed after two weeks: 72% rated their happiness in the same way Validity:
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
Family incomeI01ab03Household income
Frequency of attendance of religious servicesR12ad02Participation in church
Fulltime employmentE02ad01Full-time vs part-time
Married stateM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
Not namedS15ab08Socio-demographic + social ties
Occupational prestige of malesO01ac01aSocial prestige of occupation
Presence of child or childrenC03abCurrent parental status
Years of school completedE01ab02Level of school-education