Findings on happiness in Jans-Beken (2018b): study NL 2016

Author(s)Jans-Beken, L
TitleGratitude, Psychopathology and Subjective Well-Being: Results from a 7.5 Month Prospective General Population Study
SourcePdD dissetation, 2018 Open University of Heerlen, Heerlen, Netherlands, Capter 4.
Public18+ aged, general public, Netherlands, 2016, followed 30 weeks
 Dutch Speaking respondents Mean Age = 44; Range 18-80 T3: N=280 (40%)
Collect periodT0, T1,T2,T3 in 2016
 T0-T1: 6 weeks; T0-T2: 18 weeks; T0-T3: 30 weeks
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleNon-probability accidental sample
 No exclusion criteria were applied to obtain a demographically heterogeneous sample. Respondents recruited using flyers, social media, and face-to-face contacts.
Respondents N =706
 At T0: 706 Dutch speaking respondents At T1: 440 (62%) At T2: 321 (45%) At T3: 280 (40%)
Non ResponseNot available
 Panel drop-out: T0-T1: 38%; T0-T2: 55%; T0-T3: 60%
AssesmentQuestionnaire: web
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 124 questions: A Using the 1-7 scale below, indicate your agreement with each of the items by placing the appropriate number on the line preceding that item. Please be open and honest in your responding. a In most ways my life is close to ideal b The conditions of my life are excellent c I am satisfied with my life d So far, I have gotten the important things I want in life e If I could live my life over again, I would change nothing Answers rated: 7 strongly agree 6 agree 5 slightly agree 4 neither agree nor disagree 3 slightly disagree 2 disagree 1 strongly disagree Name: Diener's Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS) B Indicate to what extend you feel this way the past week in your life: 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 Affect Balance Score (ABS): (a-k) - (l-t) Name: Watson's PANAS Computation: A+B
Author's labelSubjective Well-being
Page in publication101
Error estimatesMcDonald' s W-total reliable coefficient range .93-.94 over the waves. Average test-retest correlation: r = .89 (Interclass Correlation Coefficient, ICC) (CI95 .87--.90; see correlates)
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Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Gratitudeshow  Earlier life-appraisals
Psychopathologyshow  Earlier psycho-somatic complaints
Test-retest (previous happiness)show  Actual level of earlier/later happiness