Findings on happiness in Coote & MacLeod (2012): study GB 2009

Author(s)Coote, H.M.J.; MacLeod, A.K.
TitleA Self-help, Positive Goal-focused Intervention to Increase Well-being in People with Depression.
SourceClinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 2012, Vol. 19, 305 - 315
PublicDepressed adults, United Kingdom, 200?
 71% female, mean age 54.1
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleNon-probability self-selected
 Participants were recruited via Depression UK's (registred charity) mailing list. 300 of the members were chosen randomly and sent information.
Respondents N =55
 92 of the appraoched members showed interest, but of these 26 were not eligible. .
Non Response69%
 13 dropouts during study/follow-up
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
General remarksYear of data gathering not reported, assumed 2009
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 20 questions. 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 generally feel this way, that is, how you feel on average? 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 very much Negative affect score (NAS): A to K Positive affect score (PAS): L to T Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS - NAS Name: Watson et al's PANAS ('in general' version)
Author's labelPositive and negative affect
Page in publication309
RemarksBaseline score for both groups together
Finding used in
nation ranks

Full textSelfreport on 4 questions 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 Answers rated: 7 completely agree 6 5 4 3 2 1 completely disagree Computation: A+B+C+D divided by 4 Name: Shortened Diener's Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS) (In the original scale item 5 reads: 'If I could live my life over, I would change nothing'. This item is left out in this selection because a positive answer to this question does not necessarily mean that the respondent doesn't like the life he/she actually lives.)
Author's labelSatisfaction with life
Finding used in
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Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Self-help Positive Goal-focused interventionH04ab02Actual changes in happiness
Self-help Positive Goal-focused interventionH16ae02aExercise, also classified as above ↑
Self-help Positive Goal-focused interventionH16ad03eGoal setting training, also classified as above ↑
Self-help Positive Goal-focused interventionH16ae04aMono sort, also classified as above ↑
Self-help Positive Goal-focused interventionH16ae03bMultiple treatment moments, also classified as above ↑
Self-help Positive Goal-focused interventionH16ae06dNo particular setting, recruitment on interest, also classified as above ↑
Self-help Positive Goal-focused interventionH16ae01bcOnline intervention, also classified as above ↑
Self-help Positive Goal-focused interventionH16ae05dVoluntary, unsolicited, also classified as above ↑