Findings on happiness in Spruijt (1997): study NL 1992

Author(s)Spruijt, E.
TitleStepfamily Lifestyles and Adolecent Well-Being in the Netherlands.
SourceJournal of Divorce and Remarriage, 1997, Vol. 26, 137 -153
Public12 - 24 aged children of divorce, 1992, The Netherlands
Survey nameNot available
 wave 1 of the longitudinal Utrecht study of Adolescent Development (USAD)
SampleProbability systematic sample
 The random selection was based on statistics on households ad young persons living independently, from the Nationale Script Panel and the National Mini Census.
Respondents N =114
Non Response26,1 %
 Control calculations indicate that the random selection of young people deviates only slightly from information known about young people based on their sources. The allochtones are hardly represented however.
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 And questionnaire. One of the parents of the youngstres is also interviewed to determine stepfamily lifestyle
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: 'We would like to know how you are feeling? 0 very bad 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 very good
Author's labelPsychological well-being, mental health
Page in publication145
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
ageshow  Age difference among young people
boys/girlsshow  Sex (male vs female)
educational level of youngstershow  Level of school-education
either stepmother or stepfathershow  Family composition (earlier for adults, current for young)
frequency of contact with nonresident parentshow  Presence of parents
frequency of contact with nonresident parentshow  Relations with parents, also classified as above ↑
social class stepfamilyshow  Socio-economic background (earlier for adults, current for young)
Stepfamily Lifestyleshow  Family climate (earlier for adults, current for young)
time since (step)family formationshow  Recent change in family situation