Findings on happiness in Schiff & Bargal (2000): study IL 1995

Publication
Author(s)Schiff, M.; Bargal, D.
TitleHelping Characteristics of Self-Help and Support Groups. Their Contribution to Partipants' Subjective Well-Being.
SourceSmall Group Research, 2000, Vol. 31, 275 - 304
Investigation
PublicParticipants of self-help and support groups, Jerusalem, Israel, 199?
 4 different support groups (1 hearing and speech impairment group, 1 mentally ill patients group, 2 homosexuals groups) and 7 different 12-step self-help groups (1 Overeaters Anonymous group, 5 Compulsive Eaters Anonymous groups, 1 Debtors Anonymous group).
 Year of data gathering not reported
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability chunk sample
Respondents N =90
Non Responsenot reported
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
General remarks-Self-help groups: supportive, usually change oriented mutual aid group that adresses a single life problem or conditions shared by all members Use ideology to achieve change. Professionals rarely have an active role. - Support group: purpose to give emotional support and information to persons with a common problem. Do not espouse an ideology and are unstructured. Often facilitated by professionnals, linked to a formal organization.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: "overall happiness.."(full question not reported 10 my life is very happy 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 my life is very unhappy
ClassificationO-HL-?-sq-n-11-a
Author's labelSubjective well-being
Page in publication276,287
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
Caring and concernS10abCurrent social support received
Caring and concernH16ai02Perceived effects of psychological training, also classified as above ↑
Commitment to the 12-steps programH16aiAttitudes to own therapies
Emotional disclosureC11abCurrent coping
Emotional disclosureH16ai02Perceived effects of psychological training, also classified as above ↑
Experiential knowledge of members of the groupS11abCurrent support behavior
Experiential knowledge of members of the groupH16ai02Perceived effects of psychological training, also classified as above ↑
Hope and controlC11aa02Change in coping
Hope and controlH16ai02Perceived effects of psychological training, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with group as alternative to lonelinessC11aa02Change in coping
Satisfaction with group as alternative to lonelinessH16ai02Perceived effects of psychological training, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with the groupH16ai02Perceived effects of psychological training
Self-help group vs. support groupP14ab02aProblems with addiction
Self-help group vs. support groupH16ae08Support group, also classified as above ↑
Self-help group vs. support groupH16ab02eSupport/training for coping with mental disability, also classified as above ↑
Tips for coping methodsS10abCurrent social support received
Tips for coping methodsS11abCurrent support behavior, also classified as above ↑
Tips for coping methodsH16ai02Perceived effects of psychological training, also classified as above ↑