Findings on happiness in Schroevers et al. (2006): study NL 1998

Author(s)Schroevers, M.J.; Ranchor, A.V.; Sanderman, R.
TitleAdjustment to Cancer in the 8 Years following Diagnosis: A Longitudinal Study comparing Cancer Survivors with Healthy Individuals.
SourceSocial Science & Medicine, 2006, Vol. 63, 598 - 610
PublicCancer patients and controls, the Netherlands, 8 years after diagnosis, 1998 -?
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
Respondents N =206
Non Response50
 main reasons: ill health, death and unwillingness
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 paper-and-pencil questionnaire and interview
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 divided by 4 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.)
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Cancer patientsH14ad02Neoplasms (cancer) (c00-d48)