Findings on happiness in Fillenbaum & Willis (1976): study US 1970

Author(s)Fillenbaum, G.G.; Willis, E.
TitleEffects of a Training Program: Older Persons Caring for the Elderly.
SourceIndustrial Gerontology, 1976, Vol. 3, 213 - 221
Public50-79 aged, females, trainees and controls, USA, 1970
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Non-probability, purposive sample: Accepted applicants for training were selected; those in training constituted the experimental group, those not yet trained constituted the controls Most had little education, half widowed, most women
Respondents N =45
 35 trainees, 10 controls
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 At start (T1) and 4, 8, 24 weeks later (T2,T3,T4)
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Here is a picture of a ladder. Suppose we say that the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom represents the worst possible life for you. Where on the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time? [ 10 ] best possible life [ 9 ] [ 8 ] [ 7 ] [ 6 ] [ 5 ] [ 4 ] [ 3 ] [ 2 ] [ 1 ] [ 0 ] worst possible life Preceded by 1) open questions about what the respondent imagines as the best possible life and the worst possible life. 2) ratings on the ladder of one's life five years ago and where on the ladder one expects to stand five years from now. Name: Cantril's self anchoring ladder rating of life (original)
Author's labelSatisfied with life
Finding used in
nation ranks

Full textSelfreport on single question: On the whole, how satisfied would you say you are with your way of life today? Would you say you are........? 4 very satisfied 3 fairly satisfied 2 not very satisfied 1 not at all satisfied
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Training in care for elderlyshow  Actual changes in happiness
Training in care for elderlyshow  Elderly care training, also classified as above ↑