Findings on happiness in Hébert et al. (2007): study CA Quebec 2006

Author(s)Hébert, R.; Ducharme, F.; Gendron, C.; Gendron, M.
TitleLe Programme "Apprendre à être Mieux Aider" à l' Intention des Aidants Familiaux d'un Parent atteint de Démence vivant à Domicile. (The Programme "Learning to Feel Better"...and Care Better).
SourceRevue Québécoise de Psychologie, 2007, Vol. 28, 81 - 102
PublicFamily caregivers followed before and after stress coping programme, Canada, Quebec, 2006
 Experimental group: caregivers attending weekly an innovative program on stress coping and behavioral problems associated with dementia - duration 15 weeks Control group: caregivers who received the traditional (existing) program by the Alzheimer Society of their region based on education and emotional sharing All caregivers are responsible for the a dementing person (resident or not) for at least six months before the beginning of the programme - dementing person causing behavioral problems weekly or more frequently during the four weeks preceding the beginning of the programme
 T1: Pretest (before the sampling) T2: Posttest (immediately after end of 15 week programme)
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability self-selected
 - recruitment through Alzheimer Societies and the CLSC (Centre Local de Services Communautaires i.e health and social services) of 4 regions of the province of Québec Criteria: - relation to dementing person ( partner or not) ; - sexe of the caretaker
Respondents N =118
 experimental group: N=60; control group: N=58
Non Response18%
 24 cases: dementing persons placed in institutions or resident homes during the programme; 2 cases: other reasons.
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 10 questions: During the past few weeks, did you ever feel ....? (yes/no) A Particularly exited or interested in something? B So restless that you couldn't sit long in a chair? C Proud because someone complimented you on something you had done? D Very lonely or remote from other people? E Pleased about having accomplished something? F Bored? G On top of the world? H Depressed or very unhappy? I That things were going your way? J Upset because someone criticized you? Answer options and scoring: yes = 1 no = 0 Summation: -Positive Affect Score (PAS): A+C+E+G+I -Negative Affect Score (NAS): B+D+F+H+J -Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS minus NAS Possible range: -5 to +5 Name: Bradburn's 'Affect Balance Scale' (standard version)
Author's labelAffective balance
Page in publication92
RemarksThe possible range on this version of Bradburn's Affect Balance Scale is 0 to 20. The observed T1 mean on that range was 10,98 in the experimental group and 10,50 in the control group. The standard mean presented above was obtained by substracting 10 point.
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range -5 - 5On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Impact of programme on caregiversH04ab02Actual changes in happiness
Impact of programme on caregiversH16ae06aCare, also classified as above ↑
Impact of programme on caregiversH16ac01Coping with stress, also classified as above ↑
Impact of programme on caregiversH16ae02aExercise, also classified as above ↑
Impact of programme on caregiversH16ae04aMono sort, also classified as above ↑
Impact of programme on caregiversH16ae03bMultiple treatment moments, also classified as above ↑
Impact of programme on caregiversH16ae05dVoluntary, unsolicited, also classified as above ↑