Findings on happiness in Al-Hussaini et al. (2001): study OM 2001

Author(s)Al-Hussaini, A.A.; Antony, S.X.; Dorvlo, A.S.
TitleVipassana Meditation: A Naturalistic, Preliminary Observation in Muscat.
SourceMedical Sciences, 2001, Vol.3, 87 - 92 (Published by Sultan Qaboos University, Oman)
PublicMeditation trainees and controls, Oman, 2001
 Participants voluntarily attending a ten-day residential course in Vippassana meditation. Control group: students of university
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
Respondents N =45
 Experimental group: N=14 Male: n= 7; Female: n=7; Age: M=40,14; SD=12,67; Married: n=9; Single:n=5 Control group: N= 31students of the Sultan Qaboos University. Male: n=14; Female: n=17; Age: M=19.77; SD=0,84; Married: n=2; Single: n=29
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
General remarksVipassana meditation is based on the common root of mind and body and helping the participant to remain in the 'here and now' and achieve relative mental tranquility.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How do you feel about your life as a whole at present? 3 happy 2 undecided 1 unhappy
Author's labelhappy
Page in publication6
RemarksBaseline hapiness: Experimental group: M=2,87; SD=0,60 Control group: M=1,87; SD=0,43
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 3On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.60

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
meditation courseH04ab02Actual changes in happiness
meditation courseH16ae01abCourse, class, training group, also classified as above ↑
meditation courseM06abCurrent meditation, also classified as above ↑
meditation courseH16ae02aExercise, also classified as above ↑
meditation courseA02ac08Meditating,praying, also classified as above ↑
meditation courseH16ad03hMeditation, mindfullness, also classified as above ↑
meditation courseH16ae04Multiformity in nature of positive psychological interventions, also classified as above ↑
meditation courseH16ae06dNo particular setting, recruitment on interest, also classified as above ↑
meditation courseH16ae05dVoluntary, unsolicited, also classified as above ↑