Findings on happiness in Suldo et al. (2014): study US Florida 2008

Publication
Author(s)Suldo, S.M.; Mercer, S.H.; Savage, J.A.
TitleIncreasing Middle School Studentsí Life Satisfaction: Efficacy of a Positive Psychology Group Intervention.
SourceJournal of Happiness Studies, 2014, Vol. 15, 19 - 42
URLhttp://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10902-013-9414-2
DOIDoi: 10.1007/s10902-013-9414-2
Investigation
Public10-12 aged, participants in wellness program, USA, followed 6 months, 2008
 School not reported. Probably Florida.
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
 From a group of N=333 sixth grade students an intervention group of 28 and a control group of 27 was formed.
Respondents N =55
 Both groups took part in tests at 3 time points: T1 the beginning, T2 after 10 weeks (post-intervention) and T3 at 6 month follow up.
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentContent analysis
General remarksYear of assessment not reported, but assumed.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 20 questions. This scale consists of a number of words that describe different feelings and emotions. Read each item and mark the appropriate answer in the space next to that word. Indicate to what extend you felt this way during the past two week?: A nervous B distressed C afraid D jittery E irritable F upset G scared H exiled I ashamed J guilty K hostile L active M determined N inspired O enthusiastic P alert Q attentive R proud S strong T interested Answer options: 1 very slightly or not at all 2 a little 3 moderately 4 quite a bit 5 extremely Negative affect score (NAS): A to K Positive affect score (PAS): L to T Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS - NAS Name: Watson et al's PANAS ('past 2 weeks' version)
ClassificationA-BW-cm-mq-v-5-f
Author's labelPositive and Negative Affect Scale for C
Page in publication26
RemarksAffect Balance computed by WDH team (PA-NA).
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
Wellness programH04ab02Actual changes in happiness
Wellness programH16ae02Course, class, also classified as above ↑
Wellness programH16ag02cdMandatory, also classified as above ↑
Wellness programH16ad03gPositive thinking training, also classified as above ↑
Wellness programH16af03School, also classified as above ↑