Findings on happiness in Daly et al. (2014): study IE 2013

Author(s)Daly, M.; Delaney, J.A.; Doyle, D.
TitleCan Early Intervention Policies Improve Well-being? Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial.
SourceUniversity of Stirling Management School, Discussion Paper, 2014, 1 - 66
PublicParticipants support program for underprivileged pregnant women, Dublin, Ireland, 2013
Collect period2013
 febr. 2013- nov. 2013
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
 Recruitment from 2008-2010 from 2 maternity hospitals and self-referral in the community. Recruitment by telephone and a flyer, to those who could not be reached by phone. Participants were randomly assigned to an experimental group or a control group.
Respondents N =102
 Treatment group=46, control group=56.
Non Response90
 Of the originally recruited 233 respondents, 192 were eligible to participate in the study. Of the 192 respondents 34 refused, 2 agreed but did not participate, and 54 could not be reached by telephone. Respondents who refused did not significantly differ from participants in characteristics.
AssesmentMultiple methods
 Face-to-face interviews using a laptop and a diary-form filled out by the respondents
General remarksRespondents were selected from 2008-2010, and the experimental group received at least 21/2 years of treatment, before the actual questionnaire was filled in.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport of affect during specific activities noted in diary (Day Reconstruction Method) A happy B affectionate C competent D relaxed E in control F depressed G impatient H critisized I angry J frustrated K Irritated L stressed Rated 1 not at all : 7 very strongly Scores weighted by length of episode Computation: [(A-E)/5 + (F-L)/7]/2
Author's labelPositive and negative affect
Page in publication3,15,59
RemarksRespondents were asked to fill in a diary with their feelings 3 times a day (morning, afternoon, evening) Affect Balance computed by WDH-team, subtracting average negative affect from average positive affect
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Full textSelfreport on single question: Overall, how satisfied are you with your present life? 1 very unsatisfied 2 unsatisfied 3 satisfied 4 very satisfied
Author's labelGlobal life satisfaction
Page in publication18,53
RemarksMean Life satisfaction and SD computed by WDH-team
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 4On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.28

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Maternal-focused interventionH16af02Care
Maternal-focused interventionH16ac01Family support, also classified as above ↑
Maternal-focused interventionH21ab03aHousehold management, also classified as above ↑
Maternal-focused interventionH16ae03aIndividual counselling, also classified as above ↑
Maternal-focused interventionS10ab03Kind of social support received, also classified as above ↑
Maternal-focused interventionH16ag02cbOn invitation, no pay, also classified as above ↑