Findings on happiness in Hoopes & Lounsbury (1989): study US 1985

Publication
Author(s)Hoopes, L.L.; Lounsbury, J.W.
TitleAn Investigation of Life Satisfaction Following a Vacation: A Domain Specific Approach.
SourceJournal of Community Psychology, 1989, Vol. 17, 129 - 140
URLhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/1520-6629(198904)17:2%3C129::AID-JCOP2290170205%3E3.0.CO;2-5/pdf
Investigation
PublicWorking adults, USA, before and after vacation, 198?,
 Year of data gathering not reported. T1 before vacation, T2 during vacation,T3 after the vacation
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
 Participants were drawn from 24 different organizations representing 43 different positions
Respondents N =129
 Total: 168 prevacation,129 postvacation
Non Response23
 The dropout group was controlled to check selective attrition. Als was checked if the disporportionaly large amount of female participants (72%). There were no statisitcally differences found.
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Completed at T1 and T3. Prevacation survey 1 to 2 weeks before vacation (median time 7 days), within a week after they returned to their jobs subjects filled out the postvacation survey form (median time 3 days).
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How do you feel about your life as a whole.....? 7 delighted 6 pleased 5 mostly satisfied 4 mixed 3 mostly dissatisfied 2 unhappy 1 terrible Name: Andrews & Withey's `Delighted-Terrible Scale' (original version)
ClassificationO-DT-u-sq-v-7-a
Author's labelSatisfaction with life as a whole
Page in publication132,134,
RemarksPost vacation: M= 5,43 SD=.85 This question on overall life satisfaction was preceded by 30 questions on satisfaction with aspects of life. Scale was reversed in original report. Mean in original scale: Pre vacation = 2,70, Post vacation = 2,57, SD in original scale: Prevacation= .86, Postvacation= .85 Overall life satisfaction increased significantly (t=3.29 p<05) after vacation
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Mean5.30
Standard deviation0.86


Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Covariate setshow  Socio-demographic factors only
panel dropoutshow  Panel-dropout
Satisfaction with communityshow  Attitude to vinicity
Satisfaction with communityshow  Earlier satisfaction with residence, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with communityshow  Later attitudes to residence, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with food/lodging during vacationshow  Earlier satisfaction with leisure
Satisfaction with food/lodging during vacationshow  Later satisfaction with leisure, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with leisureshow  Earlier satisfaction with leisure
Satisfaction with leisureshow  Later satisfaction with leisure, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with leisureshow  Satisfaction with leisure, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with leisure during vacationshow  Earlier satisfaction with leisure
Satisfaction with leisure during vacationshow  Later satisfaction with leisure, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with leisure during vacationshow  Satisfaction with leisure, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with marriage/familyshow  Earlier satisfaction with current marriage-relationship
Satisfaction with marriage/familyshow  Later satisfaction with current marriage, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with marriage/familyshow  Satisfaction with family-life , also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with marriage/family during vacationshow  Later satisfaction with current marriage
Satisfaction with marriage/family during vacationshow  Length of current marriage, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with marriage/family during vacationshow  Satisfaction with family-life , also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with marriage/family during vacationshow  Satisfaction with marriage, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with moneyshow  Earlier satisfaction with income
Satisfaction with moneyshow  Later satisfaction with income, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with money during vacationshow  Concern about leisure
Satisfaction with money during vacationshow  Concern about spending, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with natureshow  Satisfaction with leisure activities
Satisfaction with natureshow  Satisfaction with local recreation, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with nature during vacationshow  Earlier satisfaction with leisure
Satisfaction with nature during vacationshow  Later satisfaction with leisure, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with nature during vacationshow  Satisfaction with leisure, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with vacation as a wholeshow  Earlier leisure
Satisfaction with vacation as a wholeshow  Later leisure, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with workshow  Earlier satisfaction with work
Satisfaction with workshow  Later satisfaction with work, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with work during vacationshow  Earlier satisfaction with work
Satisfaction with work during vacationshow  Later satisfaction with work, also classified as above ↑
Vacationshow  Actual changes in happiness
Vacationshow  Current time-usage, also classified as above ↑
Vacationshow  Leisure, also classified as above ↑
Vacationshow  Traveling, also classified as above ↑