Findings on happiness in Glenn & McLanahan (1981): study US 1973

Author(s)Glenn, N.D.; McLanahan, S.S.
TitleThe Effects of Offspring on the Psychological Well-Being of Older Adults.
SourceJournal of Marriage and the Family, 1981, Vol. 43, 409-421
Public50+ aged, with no children under age 18 at home, USA,1973-78
Survey nameNot available
 General Social Surveys
SampleNot available
 Six probability samples of 18+ non-institutionalized population USA were pooled and 50+ aged without children at home selected. (More detail about sampling in Stephenson 1975)
Respondents N =2465
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interview at home
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 labelGlobal HAPPINESS
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Age difference among elderly
Church attendanceshow  Participation in church
Educationshow  Level of school-education
Full-time workshow  Full-time vs part-time
Having childrenshow  Current parental status
Incomeshow  Household income
Marriedshow  Married state (compared to non-married states)
Number of childrenshow  Number of children
Part-time workshow  Full-time vs part-time