Findings on happiness in Ghosal et al. (2013): study IN Kolkata 2012

Author(s)Ghosal, S.; Jana, S.; Mani, A.
TitleBelieving in Oneself: Can Psychological Training Overcome the Effects of Social Exclusion?
SourceWorking Paper Series, University of Warwick, 2013, No. 152
PublicSex workers, before and after training, Kolkata India 2012-2013
 treatment group 260, control group 201
Collect periodT1: February - April
Last assesment2013
Last collect periodT2: January-February
Survey nameEU-EVS1981-84
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
 472 sex workers, in 98 house in 3 areas of Kolkata.
Respondents N =472
 control group 201, treatment group 260
Non Response7%
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
General remarksFeb-April 2012 baseline survey, Jan-Feb 2013 final survey
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: On a scale of 1-5, how happy would you classify yourself to be in life? 5 very happy 4 somewhat happy 3 indifferent 2 somewhat unhappy 1 very unhappy
Author's labelHappu=iness
Page in publication9
RemarksReverse scale Recoded: 1: happy (5 or 4) 0: unhappy (3,2,1) Mean on recoded binary happiness: treatment 0,48, controls 0,51
Finding used in
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Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Psychological trainingH16acGuidance of vulnerable people (social work)