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Title: Marriage and children as a key to happiness? Cross-national differences in the effects of marital status and children on well-being
Authors: Vanassche, Sofie ×
Swicegood, Gray
Matthijs, Koenraad #
Issue Date: Apr-2013
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
Series Title: Journal of Happiness Studies vol:14 issue:2 pages:501-524
Article number: DOI: 10.1007/s10902-012-9340-8
Abstract: This research examines the relationship between family structure and subjective well-being and the extent to which cultural differences across 24 countries/regions may condition that relationship. Using the 2002 ISSP data, we examine how the effects of marriage status and the presence of children on happiness and satisfaction with family life differ according to the perceived importance of marriage and parenthood in society. We find significant cross-country differences in the relationship between presence of young children and the happiness of men, and in the relationship between the marital status of women and their happiness and satisfaction with family life.
ISSN: 1389-4978
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Centre for Sociological Research
Faculty of Social Sciences - miscellaneous
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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