Findings on happiness in Yates et al. (1980): study US 1978

Author(s)Yates, J.W.; Chalmer, B.; McKegney, F.P.
TitleEvaluation of patients with advanced cancer using the Karnovsky Performance Status.
SourceCancer, 1980, Vol. 45, 2220 - 2224
PublicCancer patients, estimated surv. 3 - 12 months, Vermont, USA, 1978
Collect period4
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Non-probability chunk sample of patients visited by social workers during a period. Patients had an estimated survival chance of at least three months to one year. Types of cancer: Lung 31%, Breast 27%, Other 42% .
Respondents N =52
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Stuctured interview by social worker.
General remarks
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taken all together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say that you are....? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy
Author's labelHappiness
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Full textSelfreport on 10 questions: During the past few weeks, did you ever feel ....? (yes/no) A Particularly exited or interested in something? B So restless that you couldn't sit long in a chair? C Proud because someone complimented you on something you had done? D Very lonely or remote from other people? E Pleased about having accomplished something? F Bored? G On top of the world? H Depressed or very unhappy? I That things were going your way? J Upset because someone criticized you? Answer options and scoring: yes = 1 no = 0 Summation: -Positive Affect Score (PAS): A+C+E+G+I -Negative Affect Score (NAS): B+D+F+H+J -Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS minus NAS Possible range: -5 to +5 Name: Bradburn's 'Affect Balance Scale' (standard version)
Author's labelPositive/negative affects.
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Full textSelfreport on single question: Which (of the faces) best described how you feel about your life as a whole? 7 completely happy 6 5 4 neither happy nor unhappy 3 2 1 completely unhappy
Author's labelSatisfaction with life
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Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Performance StatusH14ad02Neoplasms (cancer) (c00-d48)