Findings on happiness in Rudolf & Priebe (1999): study DE 1994

Author(s)Rudolf, H.; Priebe, S.
TitleSubjective Quality of Life in Female In-Patients with a Depression: a Longitudional Study.
SourceInternational Journal of Social Psychiatry, 1999, Vol.45, 238 - 247
PublicFemale mental patients, Berlin, followed 6 month,199?
 42 depressives, 70 alcoholics and 73 schizophrenics
 T1: Within 3 weeks after hospital admssion T2: At 6 month 28 depressive women(67% of the base line sample) were re-interviewed. Year of data hgathering not reported
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability chunk sample
Respondents N =185
Non Responsedrop out at T2: 33%
 14 patients either refused a second interview or could de traced. There are some base-line differences between the interview and the drop-outs. The differences were significant regarding satisfaction with life as a whole
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
General remarksDetail about measurement reported in Priebe,S. et al. Berlin1999, Subjectieve Evaluationskriterien ih der psychiatrischen versorgung Erhebungsmethoden für Forschung und Praxis
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How do you feel about your life as a whole? 7 delighted 6 very pleased 5 pleased 4 mixed feelings 3 mostly dissatisfied 2 unhappy 1 terrible
Author's labelSubjective Quality of Life
Page in publication238-247
Error estimatesretest stability over 6 month among 28 depressives: r = +.54 p<.01
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.50

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Change in quality of lifeH04ab02Actual changes in happiness
Change in quality of lifeH16ab04bIn mental hospital, also classified as above ↑
diagnostic groupH13ac02aAlcoholic (f10)
diagnostic groupH13acCurrent specific mental disorders (icd-10 classification), also classified as above ↑
diagnostic groupH13ac04aDepressive (f31-33), also classified as above ↑
diagnostic groupH13ac03aSchizophrenic (f20), also classified as above ↑