Findings on happiness in Kleiboer (2006): study NL 2001

Author(s)Kleiboer, A.M.
TitleCouples Dealing with Multiple Sclerosis. A Diary Study Examining the Effects of Spousal Interactions and Well-Being.
SourceThesis, University of Utrecht, 2006, Netherlands
PublicMS patients and their spouse, The Netherlands, 200?
 Year of data gathering not reported
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability chunk sample
 MS patients and their intimate patients were approched via one MS Centre and the neurology department of one hospital in the Netherlands
Respondents N =140
 70 couples
Non Response12,9%
 Self report checklist and an electronic diary kept during 14 days.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 20 questions, answered at the end of the day during 14 days This scale consists of a number of words that describe different feelings and emotions. Read each item and mark the appropriate answer in the space next to that word. Indicate to what extend you feel this way right now, that is, at the present moment: A nervous B distressed C afraid D jittery E irritable F upset G scared H exiled I ashamed J guilty K hostile L active M determined N inspired O enthusiastic P alert Q attentive R proud S strong T interested Answer options: 1 very slightly or not at all 2 a little 3 moderately 4 quite a bit 5 extremely Negative affect score (NAS):( sum A to K)/10 Positive affect score (PAS): (sum L to T)/10 Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS - NAS Name: Watson's PANAS ('this moment' version) applied in multiple moment assesment (experience sampling method)
Author's labelEnd of day mood
Page in publication69
RemarksRange 10-50. PA = 24,8, NA = 14,5. Affect Balance computed by WDH team subtracting NA form PA and reducing the scale to 1-5 Average of 14 days Mood was recorded each day at the end of the day on an electronic questionnaire
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range -4 - 4On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Negative reactions of partnerS10ab01Amount of current support received
Negative reactions of partnerM04afOwn attitudes to spouse, also classified as above ↑
patient or partner of patientM04ab01Health of spouse
patient or partner of patientF01ai01Illness in family, also classified as above ↑
patient or partner of patientH14ad06cMultiple sclerosis (g35), also classified as above ↑