Findings on happiness in Veroff et al. (1962): study US 1957

Author(s)Veroff, J.; Feld, S.; Surin, G.
TitleDimensions of subjective adjustment.
SourceJournal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 1962, Vol. 64, 192 - 205
DOIdoi: 10.1037/h0043247
Public21+ aged, married, with childeren, USA, 1957
Collect periodspring
Survey nameNot available
 Americans View their Mental Health Survey. Same study also reported in GURIN, 1960.
SampleNot available
 Probability area sample of adults, living in private households in the USA (N = 2460; see also GURIN, 1960), poststratified by married status, employed status and having children: - working, currently married males with children (N = 255) - currently married females with children (N = 542)
Respondents N =797
Non Response-
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interview
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking all together: how happy would you say you are? Would you say you are? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy
Author's labelHappiness
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Ever expected a nervous breakdownH13aa01Earlier mental health
Expected future happinessH04aa05bIn the long run
Feeling inadequate as a parentC06ac02Evaluation of oneself as a parent
Feelings of marital inadequacyM03ac02Self-perceived adequacy in marriage
Having problems in raising childrenC06ac01Concerns about parenthood
Having problems in raising childrenP14ab02bProblems with family\marriage, also classified as above ↑
ImmobilizationH15ab02Current mental complaints
Job satisfactionW05ad01Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole
Marital happinessM03ac03Satisfaction with marriage
Negative orientationto childrenC03aa01Ever had children (vs not)
Perceived adequacy in performing jobW06ab02Self-perceived work-performance
Perceived short- comings in the selfC06ac02Evaluation of oneself as a parent
Perceived strong points in the selfS02ad03dSelf-critical
Perceived uniquenessof selfS02ab08Self-perceived uniqueness
Physical AnxietyH15ab02Current mental complaints
Problems in marriage(in the past)M03aa03aEarlier characteristics of current marriage-relationship
Problems in marriage(in the past)P14aa01aRemembered earlier problems, also classified as above ↑
Problems with job (in the past)W05aa01bEarlier satisfaction with work
Problems with job (in the past)P14aa01aRemembered earlier problems, also classified as above ↑
Psycho-somatic symptonsH15abCurrent psycho-somatic complaints
Psychological anxietyH15ab02Current mental complaints
Self-acceptanceS02ad02Evaluation of self-as-a-whole
Self-perceived physical healthH14ab02aGlobal health rating
Shortcomings in the selfS02ad03aReal-ideal congruence
WorryingW07ab01Amount of worrying