Findings on happiness in Joseph et al. (1996): study GB 1995

Author(s)Joseph, S.; Lewis, C.A.; Olsen, C.
TitleConvergent Validity of the Depression - Happiness Scale with Measures of Depression.
SourceJournal of Clinical Psychology, 1996, Vol. 52, 551 - 554
Public18-48-aged students, Ulster, 1995
 Students, University of Ulster
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability chunk sample
Respondents N =194
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Questionnaire completed in class
General remarksSee also studies 10468 and 15469.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 25 questions: A number of statements that people have used to describe how they feel are given below. Read each one and circle the number that best describes how frequently that statement was true for you in the past seven days, including today. Some statements describe positive feelings and some describe negative feelings. You may have experienced both positive and negative feelings at different times in the past week. A I felt sad B I felt I had failed as a person C I felt dissatisfied with my life D I felt mentally alert E I felt disappointed with myself F I felt cheerful G I felt life wasn't worth living H I felt satisfied with my life I I felt healthy J I felt life crying K I felt I had been successful L I felt happy M I felt I couldn't make decisions N I felt unattractive O I felt optimistic about the future P I felt life was rewording Q I felt cheerless R I felt life has a purpose S I felt too tired to do anything T I felt pleased with the way I am U I felt lethargic V I found it easy to make decisions W I felt life was enjoyable X I felt life was meaningless Y I felt run down Answer options: 0 never 1 rarely 2 sometimes 3 often Negative affect score (NAS): A, B, C, E, G, J, M, N, Q, S, U, X, Y. Positive affect score (PAS): D, F, H, I, K, L, O, P, R, T, V, W. Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS - NAS + 39 Name: McGreal & Joseph 'Depression-Happiness Scale' (DHS)
Author's labelDepression-Happiness Scale
Page in publication552
RemarksScores ranged from 8 to 75; alpha = 0,93
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 75On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation12.62

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Depression (BDI)show  Depressive (f31-33)
Depression (CES-D)show  Depressive (f31-33)
Depression (SDS)show  Depressive (f31-33)