Findings on happiness in Parks (2009): study US Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2004 /1

Publication
Author(s)Parks, A.C.
TitlePositive Psychotherapy: Building a Model of empirically supported Self-Help.
SourcePhD dissertation, 2009, University of Pennsylvania, USA.
URLhttps://repository.upenn.edu/dissertations/AAI3363580/
Investigation
PublicParticipants in a happiness training, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 2004
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleNon-probability self-selected
 Participants were recruited on a voluntary basis by email, and then randomly assigned to an intervention and a control group
Respondents N =360
 Intervention: N=307; controls: N=53
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: web
 Participants completed web-based assessments before and after the 6-week intervention period, as well as 3-months, 6-months, and 1 year after post. Upon completion of the post-assessment, participants received $100 in compensation. They received $50 for each subsequent follow-up completed. During 6 weeks participants in the intervention group completed exercises in Positive Psycho Therapy (PPT). The final session focused on maintenance personalization. The control group did not participate in PPT. Both groups completed the questionnaires at baseline (T1), after 6 weeks (T2), after 3 months (T3), after 6 months (T4) and after 1 year (T5).
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on four questions: Using the 1-7 scale below, indicate your agreement with each of the items by placing the appropriate number on the line preceding that item. Please be open and honest in your responding. A In most ways my life is close to ideal B The conditions of my life are excellent C I am satisfied with my life D So far, I have gotten the important things I want in life Answers rated: 7 strongly agree 6 agree 5 slightly agree 4 neither agree nor disagree 3 slightly disagree 2 disagree 1 strongly disagree Computation: A+B+C+D Name: Shortened Diener's Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS) (In the original scale item 5 reads: 'If I could live my life over, I would change nothing'. This item is left out in this selection because a positive answer to this question does not necessarily mean that the respondent doesn't like the life he/she actually lives.)
ClassificationO-Sum-u-mq-v-7-a
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication16
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
Positive psychotherapy training, study 2.H04ab02Actual changes in happiness
Positive psychotherapy training, study 2.H16ae06aCare, also classified as above ↑
Positive psychotherapy training, study 2.H16ae01abCourse, class, training group, also classified as above ↑
Positive psychotherapy training, study 2.H16ae02cMixed educational methods, also classified as above ↑
Positive psychotherapy training, study 2.H16ae04bMultiple sorts, also classified as above ↑
Positive psychotherapy training, study 2.H16ae03bMultiple treatment moments, also classified as above ↑
Positive psychotherapy training, study 2.H16ad03mTrainings for multiple mental skills, also classified as above ↑
Positive psychotherapy training, study 2.H16ae05dVoluntary, unsolicited, also classified as above ↑