Findings on happiness in Coote & MacLeod (2012): study GB 2009

Author(s)Coote, H.M.J.; MacLeod, A.K.
TitleA Self-help, Positive Goal-focused Intervention to Increase Well-being in People with Depression.
SourceClinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 2012, Vol. 19, 305 - 315
PublicDepressed adults, United Kingdom, 200?
 71% female, mean age 54.1
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleNon-probability self-selected
 Participants were recruited via Depression UK's (registred charity) mailing list. 300 of the members were chosen randomly and sent information.
Respondents N =55
 92 of the appraoched members showed interest, but of these 26 were not eligible. .
Non Response69%
 13 dropouts during study/follow-up
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
General remarksYear of data gathering not reported, assumed 2009
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 generally feel this way, that is, how you feel on average? 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 ('in general' version)
Author's labelPositive and negative affect
Page in publication309
RemarksBaseline score for both groups together
Finding used in
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Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Self-help Positive Goal-focused interventionH04ab02Actual changes in happiness
Self-help Positive Goal-focused interventionH16ae01Biblio therapy, also classified as above ↑
Self-help Positive Goal-focused interventionH16ae04Exercise, also classified as above ↑
Self-help Positive Goal-focused interventionH16ad03cGoal setting training, also classified as above ↑
Self-help Positive Goal-focused interventionH16af01no particular setting, recruitment on interest, also classified as above ↑
Self-help Positive Goal-focused interventionH16ag02caOwn choice, also classified as above ↑