Findings on happiness in Fabricatore et al. (2000): study US 1995

Author(s)Fabricatore, A.N.; Fenzel, L.M.; Handal, P.J.
TitlePersonal Spirituality as a Moderator of the Relationship between Stressors and Subjective Well-Being.
SourceJournal of Psychology and Theology, 2000, Vol. 28, 221 - 228
PublicStudents, religious affiliated college, USA, 199?
 Undergraduate students at a medium-sized, private religiously affiliated college on the East Coast. Largely homogeneous in terms of race (83% Caucasian) and religious affiliation (77% Catholics). Age:M=19,4; SD=1,1; Gender:Female= 68%
 Year of data gathering not reported
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability chunk sample
 Participants recruited from undergraduate psychology courses.
Respondents N =120
Non Response0
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Questionnaire completed in class
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 25 questions: A number of statements that people have used to describe how they feel are given below. Read each one and circle the number that best describes how frequently that statement was true for you in the past seven days, including today. Some statements describe positive feelings and some describe negative feelings. You may have experienced both positive and negative feelings at different times in the past week. A I felt sad B I felt I had failed as a person C I felt dissatisfied with my life D I felt mentally alert E I felt disappointed with myself F I felt cheerful G I felt life wasn't worth living H I felt satisfied with my life I I felt healthy J I felt life crying K I felt I had been successful L I felt happy M I felt I couldn't make decisions N I felt unattractive O I felt optimistic about the future P I felt life was rewording Q I felt cheerless R I felt life has a purpose S I felt too tired to do anything T I felt pleased with the way I am U I felt lethargic V I found it easy to make decisions W I felt life was enjoyable X I felt life was meaningless Y I felt run down Answer options: 0 never 1 rarely 2 sometimes 3 often Negative affect score (NAS): A, B, C, E, G, J, M, N, Q, S, U, X, Y. Positive affect score (PAS): D, F, H, I, K, L, O, P, R, T, V, W. Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS - NAS + 39 Name: McGreal & Joseph 'Depression-Happiness Scale' (DHS)
Author's labelSubjective Well-being
Page in publication224
Error estimatesCorrelations between positive and negative affect subscales: r=-.70; p<.01
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 75On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation10.30

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Personal spiritualityshow  Current religious beliefs
Satisfaction with lifeshow  Happiness inventories involving unacceptable items
Stressors ( hassles and life events)show  Current hassles
Stressors ( hassles and life events)show  Sum of negative life-events, also classified as above ↑