Findings on happiness in Baruffol et al. (1995): study BE 1992

Author(s)Baruffol, E.; Corten, P.; Gisle, L.
TitleLife Satisfaction as a Mediator between Distressing Events and Neurotic Impairment in a General Population.
SourceActa Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 1995, Vol. 92, 56 - 62
PublicAdults, community, Belgium, 1990-1992
 In the sample:45% male; 55% female; 18% single; 72% married; 10% seperated; 15% unemployed; 85% employed; disorders: 16% anxiety;11% affective; 9% somatic; 24% any
 T1: 1990, T2:1992
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleProbability simple random sample
 Random selection in a community population
Respondents N =184
Non ResponseT1- T2 attrition: 49%
 T1 non-response 36 % T2 refusers did not differ from the rest of the sample with regard to age,sex and marital status
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interview
General remarksNation was not mentioned, but the writers are all Belgians This study is part of a prospective epidemiological research on the prevalence of anxiety, affective disorders and somatoform disorders in a general population.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Which face comes closest to expressing feeling about life as a whole? 7 delighted 6 very satisfying 5 satisfying 4 mixed 3 dissatisfying 2 very dissatisfying 1 terrible - No opinion Name: Andrews & Withey's "Delighted-Terrible Scale" (modified version)
Author's labellife satisfaction; overall satisfaction
Page in publication56, 59
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
distressing events and psychopathological statusshow  Earlier life-events
distressing events and psychopathological statusshow  Overall degree of life-change, also classified as above ↑