Findings on happiness in Daly et al. (2014): study IE 2013

Author(s)Daly, M.; Delaney, J.A.; Doyle, D.
TitleCan Early Intervention Policies Improve Well-being? Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial.
SourceUniversity of Stirling Management School, Discussion Paper, 2014, 1 - 66
PublicParticipants support program for underprivileged pregnant women, Dublin, Ireland, 2013
Collect period2013
 febr. 2013- nov. 2013
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
 Recruitment from 2008-2010 from 2 maternity hospitals and self-referral in the community. Recruitment by telephone and a flyer, to those who could not be reached by phone. Participants were randomly assigned to an experimental group or a control group.
Respondents N =102
 Treatment group=46, control group=56.
Non Response90
 Of the originally recruited 233 respondents, 192 were eligible to participate in the study. Of the 192 respondents 34 refused, 2 agreed but did not participate, and 54 could not be reached by telephone. Respondents who refused did not significantly differ from participants in characteristics.
AssesmentMultiple methods
 Face-to-face interviews using a laptop and a diary-form filled out by the respondents
General remarksRespondents were selected from 2008-2010, and the experimental group received at least 2,5 years of treatment, before the actual questionnaire was filled in.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport of affect during specific activities noted in diary (Day Reconstruction Method) A happy B affectionate C competent D relaxed E in control F depressed G impatient H criticized I angry J frustrated K Irritated L stressed Rated 1 not at all : 7 very strongly Scores weighted by length of episode Computation: [(A-E)/5 + (F-L)/7]/2
Author's labelPositive and negative affect
Page in publication3,15,59
RemarksRespondents were asked to fill in a diary with their feelings 3 times a day (morning, afternoon, evening) Affect Balance computed by WDH-team, subtracting average negative affect from average positive affect
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Full textSelfreport on single question: Overall, how satisfied are you with your present life? 1 very unsatisfied 2 unsatisfied 3 satisfied 4 very satisfied
Author's labelGlobal life satisfaction
Page in publication18,53
RemarksMean Life satisfaction and SD computed by WDH-team
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 4On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.28

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Maternal-focused interventionH16ae06aCare
Maternal-focused interventionH16ac02Family support, also classified as above ↑
Maternal-focused interventionH21ab03aHousehold management, also classified as above ↑
Maternal-focused interventionH16ae01aaIndividual counsel, also classified as above ↑
Maternal-focused interventionS10ab03Kind of social support received, also classified as above ↑
Maternal-focused interventionH16ae05cOn invitation, no pay, also classified as above ↑