Findings on happiness in Lee (1978): study US Washington 1975

Author(s)Lee, G.R.
TitleMarriage and Morale in Later Life.
SourceJournal of Marriage and the Family, 1978, Vol. 40, 131 - 139
Public60+ aged marrieds, Washington State USA, 1975
Collect periodspring
Survey nameNot available
SampleProbability systematic sample
Respondents N =439
Non Response62%
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 6 questions: A On the whole, life gives me a lot of pleasure B On the whole, I am very satisfied with my life today C Things are getting just worse for me as I get older D All in all, I find a great deal of happiness today E I have a lot to be sad about F Nothing ever turn out for me the way I want it Scoring 4 strongly agree 3 2 1 strongly disagree Computation: simple addition. Possible range 6-24
Author's labelMorale
Page in publication134
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 6 - 24On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation2.40

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04ab03Age difference among elderly
EducationE01ab02Level of school-education
Employment statusR14abCurrent status: retired or not
Length of marriageM03aa03cLength of current marriage
Marital satisfactionM03ac03Satisfaction with marriage
Not namedS15abSummed effects of current individual conditions (micro level)
Satisfaction with standard of livingI01af05eSatisfaction with standard of living
Self-reported healthH14ab02aGlobal health rating