Findings on happiness in Riley et al. (2003): study US 1996

Author(s)Riley, E.D.; Bangsberg, D.R.; Clark, R.A.; Perry, S.
TitleReliability and Validity of the SF-36 in HIV-infected Homeless and Marginal Housed Individuals.
SourceQuality of Life Research, 2003, Vol 12, 1051 - 1058
PublicHIV-infected homeless and marginally housed San Fransisco, USA, 2000.
 83% of respondents were male, 43% were African-American, and the median age was 39 years.
Collect period7
Last assesment2000
Last collect period5
 Data were collected in two waves, July 1996-June 1997 and January 1999-May 2000.
Survey nameNot available
SampleProbability simple random sample
 Participants were systematically sampled from the largest homeless shelters and free meal programs.
Respondents N =330
Non Response9,4%
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Standardized questionnaire was administered by a trained interviewer. Participants were reimbursed $15 for each interview completed.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: During the past 4 weeks….. Have you been a happy person? 6 all of the time 5 most of the time 4 a good bit of the time 3 some of the time 2 a little of the time 1 none of the time Item MH5 in SF-36 (Medical Outcome Study 36 item Short Form)
Author's label'Scale= MH (mental health)- MH5 = Happy
Page in publication1054
RemarksDistribution of valid responses: 1: 12,7%, 2: 29,1%, 3: 11,7%, 4: 26,1%, 5: 13,7%, 6: 6,7%
DKNA %9.4
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 6On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.48

Scores in123456

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
no correlateX01UNCLASSIFIED