Findings on happiness in Choi (2011): study NL 2009 /1

Publication
Author(s)Choi, Y.W.
TitlePathways to Happiness.
SourceThesis University of Nijmegen, 2011, Netherlands
Investigation
PublicLong-term meditators and controls, Netherlands 2009
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleNon-probability purposive-expert sample
 Long-term meditators recruited from Dutch vipassana meditation communities
Respondents N =20
 10 meditators 10 Controls with no meditation experience matched for age and sexe
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelf report on 4 questions, full texts not reported A: Which (of the faces) best described how you feel at the present moment? 7 completely happy 6 5 4 neither happy nor unhappy 3 2 1 completely unhappy B: Which (of the faces) best described how you feel in general? 7 completely happy 6 5 4 neither happy nor unhappy 3 2 1 completely unhappy C: Taking all things together, would you say you are.....? 4 very happy 3 quite happy 2 not very happy 1 not at all happy. D All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as-a-whole these days? 1 dissatisfied 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 satisfied Computation: A+B+C+D
ClassificationM-AO---mq-nvt-24-a
Author's labelhappiness
Page in publication74
RemarksMeditators: M = 22.00 SD 1,76 Controls: M = 21,30 SD = 1,82
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 4 - 28On range 0 - 10
Mean21.65
Standard deviation


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)
ClassificationA-BB-cm-mq-v-2-a
Author's labelPositive and Negative affect
Page in publication74
RemarksMeditators: M =7,60, Controls: M = 9,10 Affect Balance computed by WDH team fro m PA-NA
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range -5 - 5On range 0 - 10
Mean8.35
Standard deviation


Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
Long-term meditationH16ae02Course, class
Long-term meditationM06aa01Earlier meditation, also classified as above ↑
Long-term meditationH16ae04Exercise, also classified as above ↑
Long-term meditationA02ac08Meditating,praying, also classified as above ↑
Long-term meditationH16ad02eaMeditation, mindfullness, also classified as above ↑
Long-term meditationH16af01no particular setting, recruitment on interest, also classified as above ↑
Long-term meditationH16ag02caOwn choice, also classified as above ↑