Findings on happiness in Dosch (1979): study US 1977

Author(s)Dosch, M.F.
TitleChild Abuse: A Comparison of Physical Abusers, Sexual Abusers, and Non-Abusers on Perceived Locus of Control, Self-Acceptance and Avowed Happiness.
SourceDoctoral Dissertation, University of Oregon, 1994, USA
PublicParents, abusing and non-abusing, Oregon, USA, 197?
 Year of data gathering not reported
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
 Non-probability purposive contrasting samples of parents: Childabusers selected by social workers. Non-abusers gathered from various organizations and matched with abusers for sex, age of (abused)child, sex of child, S.E.S, marital status and employment status
Respondents N =34
 (17 child-abusers and 17 non-abusers)
Non Response234 questionn. given to case-workers, 76 actually sent out
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Mailed questionnaire
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taken all together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say that you are....? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy
Author's labelAvowed happiness
Finding used in
nation ranks
Scores in123

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Child abuseshow  Abuse of ones children
Perceived locus of controlshow  Inner locus of control
Self-acceptanceshow  Evaluation of self-as-a-whole