Findings on happiness in Mortimer & Lorence (1981): study US 1962

Author(s)Mortimer, J.T.; Lorence, J.
TitleSelf-Concept Stability and Change from Late Adolescence to Early Adulthood.
SourceResearch in Community and Mental Health, 1981, Vol. 2, 5 - 42
PublicUniversity graduates 1966/67, followed into adulthood, Michigan, USA, 1962-76
 T1: 1962/63 T2: 1966 T3: 1976
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Non-probability chunk sample. Ramdom selection of: a: 650 freshmen, largely residing in dormitories (T1) b: 150 seniors (at T2) This panel is highly advantaged: both with respect to social origin and later social succes.
Respondents N =442
Non ResponseAttrition: 12%
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
General remarksMost finding on well-being in this study are not included in this excerpt, because indicators do not meet the WDH validity demands.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Lead item not reported. Response options: 7 happy 6 5 4 3 2 1 unhappy (Originally scored on a horizontal scale)
Author's labelHappy
RemarksT1 (1962): M=5.58 SD=1.28 Ms'=7.60 T2 (1966): M=5.38 SD=1.26 Ms'=7.27 T3 (1976): M=5.49 Sd=1.15 Ms'=7.45
Finding used in
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Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Family relationsshow  Relations with parents
Happinessshow  Past happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago)