Findings on happiness in Dosset (2011): study US 2008

Author(s)Dosset, T.H.
TitleThe Influence of the Character Strengths of Gratitude and Kindness on Subjective Well-Being
SourcePhD Thesis, 2011, College of Education, Louisiana University, USA
PublicPsychology students participating in a training, USA
 Mean age 20.7
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleNon-probability chunk sample
 Participants from six classes participated with volunteers from three classes assigned as the experimental (gratitude group) and the other three classes as the control group (control group). Participants received study credits.
Respondents N =64
 Treatment. 43 Control: 21
Non ResponseNot available
 Original sample n = 95, drop out 35%
AssesmentQuestionnaire: web
 All surveys and journal entries were completed online. Mass email reminders were sent to participants with electronic links and instructions for completing each part of the study. Additionally, verbal announcements were made to participating classes.
General remarksYear of data gathering not reported; assumed 2008
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 feel this way during the last day 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): A to K Positive affect score (PAS): L to T Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS - NAS Name: Watson's PANAS ('past few days' version)
Author's labelPANAS
Page in publication40
Error estimatesPA: Cronbachs alpha 0.86-0.90 NA: Cronbachs alpha 0.84-0.87
Finding used in
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Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Gratitude trainingshow  Course, class, training group
Gratitude trainingshow  Gratitude training, also classified as above ↑