Findings on happiness in Baker & Intagliata (1982): study US 1981

Author(s)Baker, F.; Intagliata, J.
TitleQuality of Life in the Evaluation of Community Support Systems.
SourceEvaluation and Program Planning, 1982, Vol. 5, 69 - 79
PublicMental patients shortly after change in institutional setting, USA, 1981
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
 Formerly institutionalized mental patients now clients of the New York Community Support System Program. 56% classified as schizophrenic,14% affective disorders.
Respondents N =118
Non Response-
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 1: Interviews, 2: Agency records, 3: Observation by case-managers.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 10 questions: During the past few weeks, did you ever feel ....? (yes/no) A Particularly excited or interested in something? B So restless that you couldn't sit long in a chair? C Proud because someone complimented you on something you had done? D Very lonely or remote from other people? E Pleased about having accomplished something? F Bored? G On top of the world? H Depressed or very unhappy? I That things were going your way? J Upset because someone criticized you? Answer options and scoring: yes = 1 no = 0 Summation: -Positive Affect Score (PAS): A+C+E+G+I -Negative Affect Score (NAS): B+D+F+H+J -Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS minus NAS Possible range: -5 to +5 Name: Bradburn's 'Affect Balance Scale' (standard version)
Author's labelQuality of life
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04ab01Young versus old
Client statusH16ab01Being in treatment for mental disorder (vs not)
Client statusH13abCurrent general mental health , also classified as above ↑
Client statusH16ab04aIn ambulatory treatment, also classified as above ↑
Male-sexG01aaSex (male vs female)
Mental health statusH13ab01Expert ratings of mental health
Residence-typeI02ad01Restrictiveness of setting
Total satisfaction on life domainsL04ad02Satisfaction with multiple domains of life