Findings on happiness in Wright & Bonett (1997): study US 1996

Author(s)Wright, T.A.; Bonett, D.G.
TitleThe Role of Pleasantness and Activation-Based Well-Being in Performance Prediction.
SourceJournal of Occupational Health Psychology, 1997, Vol. 2, 212 - 219
PublicCriminal justice staff personnel; USA; followed 2 years, 199?
 Data were collected at 3 periods each separated by 1 year. Happiness was assessed at T1 and T2. Activation well-being and work performance data at T3 Years of data gathering not reported
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability chunk sample
 Included were employees who remaines within the department, performed the same job over the two year period and for whom both happines and work performance sata were available. All respondents had a 4-year college degree.
Respondents N =76
Non Response18
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Work performance rated by top-ranking supervisor.
General remarksExtension of an earlier study reported in WRIGH 1993
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 8 questions: Here is a list that describes some of the ways people feel at different times. How often do you feel each of these ways? A On top of the world B Very lonely or remote from other people C Particularly excited or interested in something D Pleased about having accomplished something E Bored F Depressed or very unhappy G So restless that you could not sit long in a chair H Vaguely uneasy about something without knowing why Reponse options: 0 never 1 sometimes 3 often Scoring: PA = A+C+D (range 0-9) NA = B+E+F+G+H (range 0-15) ABS = PA-NA (range 1-7) Name: Index of Psychological Wellbeing
Author's labelPleasantness well-being
Page in publication213
RemarksT1 M=3,40 SD=1,48 T2 M=3,52 SD=1,53
Error estimatesCronbach alpha: T1 = .69 T2 = .74
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.40

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Activation well-beingW05aa03Later work-attitudes
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
Composite work performanceW06aa03Later work-performance
GenderG01aaSex (male vs female)
Goal emphasisM16aa03Later motivation
Goal emphasisW06aa03Later work-performance, also classified as above ↑
Job tenureE02aeCurrent employment arrangement
Job tenureE02aa01Earlier (un)employment, also classified as above ↑
Pleasantness well-beingH04ab01aRecent happiness (< 1 year ago)
SupportW06aa03Later work-performance
Team buildingW06aa03Later work-performance
Work facilitationW06aa03Later work-performance