Findings on happiness in Simmons et al. (1988): study US 1980

Author(s)Simmons, R.G.; Abress, L.; Anderson, C.R.
TitleQuality of Life after Kidney Transplantation.
SourceTransplantation, 1988, Vol. 45, 415 - 421
PublicRenal patients, 1-year post transplant, USA 1980-84
Collect period11
 November 1980 to June 1984
Survey nameNot available
SampleProbability stratified sample
 patients are randomized to receive cycl.osporine/prednisone(N=64), or conventinal therapy(=49) out of the group of 113 patients 51patients were in the cyclosporine group 40 in the conventional therapy group
Respondents N =113
Non Response19%
 15 patients rejected their kidney 4 patents died 3 patientsdeclined to participate the patients whose quality of lif could not measured was esssentially the same in the 2 treatment groups(20%and 18%)
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 2 questions: A "Taking all aspects of yourself and your life into account, which of the following best describes your own feelings of satisfaction with life....?" 5 I am extremely satisfied with my life 4 I am satisfied with my life 3 I am somewhat satisfied with my life 2 I am slightly satisfied with my life 1 I am not at all satisfied with my life B "In general terms, about what proportion of the time do you feel satisfied.....?" 5 all of the time 4 most of the time 3 some of the time 2 rarely 1 never Summation: not reported
Author's labelQuality of life
Page in publication416-421
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 5On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Full textSelfreport on single question: Taken all together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say that you are....? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 3On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Full textSelfreport on single question: We have talked about various parts of your life, now I want to ask you about your life as a whole. How satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days.....? 7 completely satisfied 6 5 4 neutral 3 2 1 completely dissatisfied
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Transplant drug regimeH17af07Medication
Transplant drug regimeH17ac10Renal failure, also classified as above ↑
Transplant drug regimeH14ad14aRenal failure (n17-19), also classified as above ↑