Findings on happiness in Erbes & Hedderson (1985): study US 1968

Author(s)Erbes, J.T.; Hedderson, J.J.
TitleA Longitudinal Examination of the Separation/Divorce Proces.
SourceJournal of Marriage and the Family, 1985, Vol. 11, 937 - 941
PublicMale heads of households, followed 4 years, USA, 1968-72
Last assesment1972
 T1:1968, T5:1972
Survey nameNot available
 Panel Study of Income Dynamics, ISR Michigan
SampleNot available
 In 1968 interviews were taken with 4802 families by the Survey Research Center, 1872 from the Census Survey of Economic Opportunity selection frame, all with an income equal to or twice the federal line. A cross sample of dwellings in the United States, 2930 families, was added to the above sample so families at all income levels were represented. In order to make the data set into a representative cross-section sample, weighting was necessary in 1968 to correct for the disproportionate selection and response rates. The data were reweighted in 1972 to account for additional differential response loss since 1968 and sampling problems ith newly formed families having both panel and nonpanel members. After 1972 there were 5060 families in the sample, 1108 of them having been newly formed since the 1968 interviews
Respondents N =5060
 T1: 4802, T5: 5060
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on open question: Have you usually felt pretty sure your life would work out the way you want it to, or have there been times when you haven't been sure about it? Responses scored afterwards on the following scale; 5 usually pretty sure 4 pretty sure, qualified 3 pro-con, sure sometimes, not sure of the times 2 (more) times when haven't been sure, qualified 1 (more) times when not very sure This same question was asked every year 1968 - 1972 (American Panel Study on Income Dynamics)
Author's labelContentment
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
MarriedM01ab02aRecent divorce/separation
Recent separation/ divorceM01ab02aRecent divorce/separation
Separation sequaleM01ab02aRecent divorce/separation