Findings on happiness in Gilbert & Abdullah (2004): study GB 2001

Author(s)Gilbert, D.; Abdullah, J.
TitleHolidaytaking and the Sense of Well-Being.
SourceAnnals of Tourism Research, 2004, Vol. 31, 103 - 121
PublicHolidaymakers and controls, Guildford area, UK
 2001-2002. T1 and T2 in one year
Survey nameNot available
SampleProbability area sample
 Random sample of streets, post stratified to match the profile of holidaymakers
Respondents N =604
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Questionnaires delivered at home at two points in time during the year
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 20 questions Over the past few week I have felt A optimistic B withdrawn C enthusiastic D good natured E discontented F confused G confident H tense I understood J insignificant K satisfied L lonely M free-and-easy N clear headed O helpless P impatient Q usefull R depressed S loving T hopeless Rated: 1 not at all to 9 all the time Computation: (A+C=D+G+I+K+M+N+Q+S) - (B+E+F+H+J+L+O+P+R+T) Name: Kamman's Affectometer 2, 20 item ABS version
Author's labelCurrent affect
RemarksMean and SD of holiday takers at T1
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range -80 - 80On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation22.77

Full textSelfrreport on single question asked twice: How do you feel about your life as a whole? 1 tremendously unhappy 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 tremendoesly happy
Author's labelLife satisfaction (Life3)
RemarksMean and SD of holiday takers at T1
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 9On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.231.54

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
having had a holidayshow  Earlier leisure
having had a holidayshow  Traveling, also classified as above ↑
holidaymaking (vs not)show  International life style
holidaymaking (vs not)show  Traveling, also classified as above ↑