Findings on happiness in Shehan (1984): study US 1982

Author(s)Shehan, C.L.
TitleWives' Work and Psychological Well-Being: An Extension of Gove's Social Role Theory of Depression.
SourceSex Roles, 1984, Vol. 11, 881 - 899
PublicWorking mothers of preschool children and non-working controls, USA, 198?
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Two non-probability quota samples of mothers: 1. Working mothers: working as full-time secretary at a university campus. Picked from university telephone directory. 2. Non-working mothers: each of the working subjects mentioned at least one other woman who was similar to herself in every way except employment status. All subjects were married, had a child under the age of 6, were native in the region. Wives of professors, students, physicians, and lawyers were excluded from the sample.
Respondents N =184
 100 interview, 84 questionnaire
Non Response0% interview 16% questionnaire
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Focused interview followed by a mailed questionnaire
General remarksLife satisfaction item (O-SL) in interview. Depression item (A-AOL) in questionnaire.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question : All things considered, how satisfied are you with the way your life is these days ........? 1 not at all satisfied 2 somewhat satisfied 3 just so-so 4 pretty satisfied 5 very satisfied
Author's labelLife-satisfaction
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 5On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Scores in12345

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Working motherF02af01Oneself-mother: works (vs not)