Findings on happiness in Gubrium (1974): study US 1972

Author(s)Gubrium, J.F.
TitleMarital Desolation and the Evaluation of Everyday Life in Old Age.
SourceJournal of Marriage and the Family, 1974, Vol. 38, 107 -113
PublicAged persons, Detroit, USA, 197?
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Probability systematic random sample stratified by 3 types of housing: - large multiple-unit dwellings exclusively housing aged person, none of which were considering nursing or convalescent homes - appartment and high-rise building with mixed age groups - housing consisting of single homes 59 married, 22 single, 15 divorced, 114 widowed; age 60 - 90; Ss' demographic characteristics were similar to that of the USA population of aged persons.
Respondents N =210
Non Response-
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interview
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: On the whole, how satisfied would you say you are with your way of life today? Would you say you are........? 3 very satisfied 2 fairly satisfied 1 not satisfied
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Finding used in
nation ranks
Scores in123

Full textSelfreport on single question: All in all, how much UNhappiness would you say you find in life today? Would you say…? 3 almost none 2 some unhappiness 1 great unhappiness
Author's labelHappiness
Finding used in
nation ranks
Scores in123

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Continuity in marital statusM01aa02Earlier marital transitions
Continuity in marital statusL05aaLife-change career, also classified as above ↑
Married vs divorcedM02aa03Married vs divorced
Married vs never marriedM02aa01Married vs never married
Married vs widowedM02aa02Married vs widowed
Never married vs divorcedM02ab01bVs divorced
Never married vs widowedM02ab01aVs widowed
Widowed vs divorcedM02ab02aVs divorced