Findings on happiness in Koivumaa-Honkanen et al. (2001a): study FI 1996

Author(s)Koivumaa-Honkanen, H.T.; Antikainen, R.; Hintikka, J.; Honkanen, R.J.
TitleSelf-Reported Life Satisfaction and Recovery from Depression in a 1-Year Prospective Study.
SourceActa Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 2001, Vol. 103, 38 - 44
PublicDepression patients, out-clinic, Finland, followed 12 months 1996
 Patients refered for psychiatric outpatient care to a university hospital. Patients with central nervous system disease, other severe disease, marked deficiency in cognitive capacity, drug addiction, or serious mental disorders such as schizophrenia or other psychosis were excluded, while major depression with psychotic symptoms were indluded.
Last assesment1999
 1996-1997. T1: baseline, T2 :6 months follow-up, T3: 12 months follow-up
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
Respondents N =203
 male=84, female=119
Non Response8%
 10 (5%) patients refused to participate and 5 (3%) patients were excluded due to central nervous system disease
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 At T1, T2 and T3.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question Do you feel your life at present is…? 5 very happy 4 fairly happy 3 cannot say 2 fairly sad 1 very sad
Author's labelhappy
Page in publication39
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Depression: Full BDIshow  Depressive (f31-33)
Depression: psychological cognitiveshow  Depressive (f31-33)
Depression: somatic/vegitativeshow  Depressive (f31-33)
feel easyshow  Easy (vs hard)
feel lonlinessshow  Interesting (vs boring)
life interestingshow  Interesting (vs boring)