Findings on happiness in Derogatis et al. (1979): study US 1976

Author(s)Derogatis, L.R.; Abeloff, M.D.; Melisaratos, N.
TitlePsychological Coping Mechanisms and Survival Time in Metastatic Breast Cancer.
SourceJAMA, 1979, Vol. 242, 1504 - 1508
PublicCancer patients, followed 1 year, USA, 1976-1978
 Women with metastatic breast cancer
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability chunk sample
Respondents N =35
 Short-term survival group: N=13; Long-term survival group: N=22
Non Responsenot reported
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Self-report at T1, Assessment of vital status at T2
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 40 items Lead sentence and items not reported Positive affect dimensions A Joy B Contentment C Vigor D affection Negative affect dimensions E Anxiety F Depression G Guilt H Hostility Rated 0 not at all 1 2 3 4 extremely Computation: Positive Affects Total (PTOT): A+B+C+D Negative Affects Total (NTOT): E+F+G+H Affects Balance Index (ABI) : PTOT-NTOT/20 Name: Derogatis Affects Balance Scale, short (DBAS)
Author's labelMood and affect
Page in publication1505
RemarksLong-term survivors: M=1,27, Short-term survivors: M=2,01 (p<.05)
Finding used in
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Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Survivalshow  Longevity (assessed in follow up)