Findings on happiness in Dagenais-Desmarais & Savoie (2012): study CA Quebec 2011

Author(s)Dagenais-Desmarais, V.; Savoie, A.
TitleWhat is Psychological Well-Being, Really? A Grassroots Approach from the Organizational Sciences.
SourceJournal of Happiness Studies, 2012, Vol. 13, 659 - 684
PublicFrench-speaking workers, Québec, Canada, 2011
 Canadian citizens or permanent residents, with a remunerative job at the time of the study, and with a sufficient understanding of written French
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleNon-probability sample (unspecified)
 recruited mainly from professional corporations representing paramedical, administrative, and scientific sectors
Respondents N =1080
 75.6% of the sample was female, average age was 37.7 years (SD = 10.2 years)
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: web
 confidential and anonymous
General remarksassumed, not specifically reported
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 felt this way during the past few weeks? 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: a 1 very slightly or not at all b 2 a little c 3 moderately d 4 quite a bit e 5 extremely 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 ('past few weeks' version)
Author's labelPANAS
Page in publication667
RemarksThe time frame adopted was "during the last 4 weeks" Positive affect: M = 3.55 Negative affect: M = 1.87
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range -40 - 40On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Desire for involvement at workshow  Current motivation to work
Feeling of competency at workshow  Satisfaction with own job-performance
Feeling of competency at workshow  Self-perceived work-performance, also classified as above ↑
Interpersonal fit at workshow  Feeling well at work
Perceived recognition at workshow  Current work-conditions
Perceived recognition at workshow  Self perceived recognition, also classified as above ↑
Thriving at workshow  Current satisfaction with work