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 labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04ab03Age difference among elderly
Church attendanceR12ad02Participation in church
EducationE01ab02Level of school-education
Full-time workE02ad01Full-time vs part-time
Having childrenC03abCurrent parental status
IncomeI01ab03Household income
MarriedM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
Number of childrenC03ab01Number of children
Part-time workE02ad01Full-time vs part-time