This Time columnist thinks that homemakers are so unhappy (and angry), social change is called for. What does the GSS say about their level of unhappiness?
I included mothers since the 2000 survey to maximize sample size. Respondents were asked how happy they are these days. Answers range from "very happy" (1) to "pretty happy" (2) to "not too happy" (3). I calculated means for mothers of all work statuses. Higher means indicate more sadness (sample size = 5,286).
Mean sadness score
Temporarily not working 1.90
Laid off 2.05*
Keeping house 1.83
*significantly sadder than full-timers
According to GSS data, there is no difference in mean level of happiness between mothers working full-time and homemakers.
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