Findings on happiness in Goodhart (1985): study US 1983

Publication
Author(s)Goodhart, D.E.
TitleSome Psychological Effects Associated with Positive and Negative Thinking about Stressful Event Outcomes: Was Pollyanna Right?
SourceJournal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1985, Vol. 48, 216 - 232
Investigation
PublicStudents in stress, followed 8 weeks, Illinois, USA, 1983
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Selected were students who reported experiencing stressful events in the last 4 months. Ss participated to fulfill a course requirement.
Respondents N =173
Non Response1.7% dropout
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Questionnaire administered in class. T1: pretest, T2: post- test; after 8 weeks.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How do you feel about your life as a whole.....? 7 delighted 6 pleased 5 mostly satisfied 4 mixed 3 mostly dissatisfied 2 unhappy 1 terrible Name: Andrews & Withey's `Delighted-Terrible Scale' (original version)
ClassificationO-DT-u-sq-v-7-a
Author's labelGlobal satisfaction
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
HappinessH07aa01lO-DT by O-DT
HappinessH04ab01aRecent happiness (< 1 year ago), also classified as above ↑
Negative thinkingC11ab01Current coping-style
Negative thinkingP02ab21Earlier positive thinking, also classified as above ↑
Negative thinkingP05ciPositive reacting, also classified as above ↑
Positive thinkingC11ab01Current coping-style
Positive thinkingP02ab21Earlier positive thinking, also classified as above ↑
Positive thinkingP05ciPositive reacting, also classified as above ↑
StressL06ab01aMajor life-change or not