Findings on happiness in Brown & Kasser (2005): study US 2005 /1

Author(s)Brown, K.W.; Kasser, T.
TitleAre Psychological and Ecological Well-Being Compatible? The Role of Values, Mindfulness, and Lifestyle.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 2005, Vol. 74, 349 - 368
Public18+ aged, voluntary simplify movers and controls, USA, 2005
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability accidental sample
 Self-identified voluntary simplifiers recruited through invitations in VS newsletters and magazines and on relevant Internet web sites and discussion lists. A sample of mainstream individuals was obtained from a list brokerage firm that matched the participants 1:1 on gender, age and geographic location
Respondents N =400
Non Response16,1
 voluntary simplifiers 16,1 % of those expressing an intial interest, control group 28,7%
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Mailed questionnaire
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 9 questions To what degree did you experience each of the following emotions over the past week? A worried/anxious B happy C frustrated D pleased E angry/hostile F emjoyment/fun G unhappy H joyfull I depressed/blue Rated: 0 not at all 1 2 3 somewhat 4 5 6 extremely Computation: (A+C+E+G+I0/5 - (B+D+F+H)/4
Remarksvoluntary simplifyers M = 2.05, SD = 1.82, controls M = 1.60, SD=2.20
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 6On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.82

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
LifestyleL09ab02aAlternative life style