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 label Our subject description
Ageshow  Age difference among elderly
Educationshow  Level of school-education
Employment statusshow  Current status: retired or not
Length of marriageshow  Length of current marriage
Marital satisfactionshow  Satisfaction with marriage
Not namedshow  Summed effects of current individual conditions (micro level)
Satisfaction with standard of livingshow  Satisfaction with standard of living
Self-reported healthshow  Global health rating