Findings on happiness in Forti & Huyg (1983): study US Louisiana 1977

Author(s)Forti, T.J.; Huyg, M.S.
TitleA Documented Evaluation of Primary Prevention through Consultation.
SourceCommunity Mental Health Journal, 1983, Vol. 19, 290 - 304
PublicCatholic nuns, re-organized cloister, followed 4 years, Louisiana, USA, 1977-1981
Last assesment1981
 T1:1977, T2:1979, T3:1981
Survey nameNot available
 Data of this study were collected before (1977), two years (1979) and four years (1981) after mental health consultation of the Louisiana Marianite Administration Team. Mental health consultation was offered because of the introdution of organizational change in 1977, viz. replacing a president and council form of administration by team governance. Consultation is assumed to lead to stronger support structures that could buffer stress.
SampleNot available
 The whole population was selected.
Respondents N =137
 T1: 146, T2: 154, T3: 137
Non ResponseT1: 18%, T2: 14%, T3: 23%
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
General remarksFindings of the 1977 and 1979-study have also been published in: Th. J. Forti, Effect of Organizational Change on Well-Being Indices of a Louisiana Marianite Community in Response to Consultation, dissertation Tulane University, 1980. We used additional information (computed correlates) which was sent to us by the author.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Which face comes closest to expressing feeling about life as a whole? 7 delighted 6 very satisfying 5 satisfying 4 mixed 3 dissatisfying 2 very dissatisfying 1 terrible - No opinion Name: Andrews & Withey's "Delighted-Terrible Scale" (modified version)
Author's labelGlobal well-being
Remarks 1977 1979 1981 1. (Delighted) 20,6% 23,4% 27,2% 2. 49,3% 55,2% 41,1%
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.50

Full textSelfreport on single question: I am happy most of the time 1 true 0 false
RemarksFindings based on this measure are not reported in this publication.
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
AnxietyP13ab02Current mental complaints
AnxietyM07ab02bScores on symptom inventories, also classified as above ↑
Consultation: mental healthM07ae02In ambulatory treatment
Consultation: physical healthM06ab01Visits to doctor
Father's OccupationF01ag03Parents occupation
Feels useless at timesL04ac01kMeaningful (vs useless)
General AffectH07aa01nO-DT by O-further
General AffectL04ac02aSummed life aspect evaluations (semantic differential scales), also classified as above ↑
Group cohesionI02adAttitudes to institution
Group cohesionI02ac02Group morale, also classified as above ↑
Happy most of the timeH07aa04iO-DT by M-AO
Level of EducationE01ab02Level of school-education
Number of years in cloisterI02aa03Length of current stay in institution
Number of years in cloisterR01ad04Living in a convent, also classified as above ↑
Organizational changeL06adClimate of change
Organizational changeI02ac03Organizational change in institution, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with accomplishments/ problem solvingS02aa01Earlier self-image
Satisfaction with accomplishments/ problem solvingS02aa03Later self-image, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with accomplishments/ problem solvingS02ae02Satisfaction with own accomplishments, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with adjustment to changeC10ac01Satisfaction with own coping with life-change
Satisfaction with Catholic faithR01af03Satisfaction with religion
Satisfaction with closeness to natureL10ai02Attitude to local natural environment
Satisfaction with communityL10aj02Attitude to community
Satisfaction with contributing to other people's livesM05acSatisfaction with meaning
Satisfaction with creativityS02ae01cSatisfaction with own creativeness
Satisfaction with extent of self-developmentL04ac01cDeveloping (vs stagnating)
Satisfaction with fair treatmentN06ac03Satisfaction with fair treatment
Satisfaction with fun and enjoymentL04ac01lPleasant (vs unpleasant)
Satisfaction with healthP06af04Satisfaction with health
Satisfaction with house/apartmentH15ad02Satisfaction with housing
Satisfaction with interesting day-to-day lifeL04ac01jInteresting (vs boring)
Satisfaction with local house governmentI02adAttitudes to institution
Satisfaction with opportunity to change thingsI02adAttitudes to institution
Satisfaction with persons aroundI02adAttitudes to institution
Satisfaction with physical work and exerciseA02ad03gSatisfaction with physical activity
Satisfaction with provincial governmentP08af01bAttitudes to local government
Satisfaction with religious fulfillmentR01af03Satisfaction with religion
Satisfaction with responsibilities forother sistersI02adAttitudes to institution
Social supportI02ac02Group morale
Social supportS10ac02Perceived availability of social support, also classified as above ↑