Findings on happiness in White (1979): study US 1977

Author(s)White, L.K.
TitleSex Differentials in the Effect of Remarriage on Global Happiness.
SourceJournal of Marriage and the Family, 1979, Vol. 41, 869 -876
PublicAdult, general public,, USA, 1977
Survey nameNot available
 Nebraska Annual Social Indicator Survey
SampleNot available
 Combination of two probability samples: 600 by cluster area sampling and another 1200 by simple random sampling of telephone numbers. Never married and widowed persons were eliminated.
Respondents N =1085
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interview , partly by phone
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelf report on single question: Taking all things together, how would you say you are these days? Would you say you are..........? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy
Author's labelGlobal happiness
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 3On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Communication with spouseshow  Intimacy with spouse
Educationshow  Level of school-education
Family incomeshow  Household income
Financial prospectsshow  Income expectations
Joint effectsshow  Socio-demographic + life-appraisals + social ties
Liking of neigh- berhoodshow  Attitude to neighborhood
Male sexshow  Sexe: male (vs female)
Number of close friendsshow  Number of close friends
Number of close relativesshow  Number of relatives
Number of organiza- tional membershipsshow  Membership of voluntary organizations
Remarriageshow  Ever remarried
Satisfaction with present residenceshow  Satisfaction with housing
Satisfaction with spare time useshow  Satisfaction with leisure activities
Treatened separationshow  Earlier characteristics of current marriage-relationship
Voted in last two yearsshow  Voting
Workingshow  Current employment status