Findings on happiness in Bergsma et al. (2011a): study NL 1996 /2

Author(s)Bergsma, A.; DeGraaf, A.; TenHave, M.; Veenhoven, R.
TitleMost People with Mental Disorders are Happy: A 3-year Follow-Up in the Dutch General Population.
SourceThe Journal of Positive Psychology, 2011, Vol. 6, 253 - 259
Public18-65 aged, diagnosed as having a mental disorder, Netherlands, followed two years, 1996-1998
 Participants with mental disorder in 1996 who also participated in 1997 and 1998.
Last assesment1998
 T0: 1996, T1:1997, T2:1998
Survey nameNot available
 Netherlands Mental Health Survey and Incidence Study (NEMESIS)
SampleProbability multi-stage random
Respondents N =687
Non ResponseT0 non response: 30%; T1 dropout: 21%; T2 dropout:15%
 Non-dropouts out of 1138 participants at T0.
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
General remarksHouseholds in a sample of 90 municipalities in the Netherlands, stratified by urbanity and province. From this sample (n = 7076) people were selected who were diagnosed as having a mental disorder at T0, T1 and T2.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: During the past 4 weeks….. Have you been a happy person? 6 all of the time 5 most of the time 4 a good bit of the time 3 some of the time 2 a little of the time 1 none of the time Item MH5 in SF-36 (Medical Outcome Study 36 item Short Form)
Page in publication3
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Recovery from mental disordershow  Later mental health