Findings on happiness in Baruffol et al. (1995): study BE 1992

Author(s)Baruffol, E.; Corten, P.; Gisle, L.
TitleLife Satisfaction as a Mediator between Distressing Events and Neurotic Impairment in a General Population.
SourceActa Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 1995, Vol. 92, 56 - 62
PublicAdults, community, Belgium, 1990-1992
 In the sample:45% male; 55% female; 18% single; 72% married; 10% seperated; 15% unemployed; 85% employed; disorders: 16% anxiety;11% affective; 9% somatic; 24% any
 T1: 1990, T2:1992
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleProbability simple random sample
 Random selection in a community population
Respondents N =184
Non ResponseT1- T2 attrition: 49%
 T1 non-response 36 % T2 refusers did not differ from the rest of the sample with regard to age,sex and marital status
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Structured interview
General remarksNation was not mentioned, but the writers are all Belgians This study is part of a prospective epidemiological research on the prevalence of anxiety, affective disorders and somatoform disorders in a general population.
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 labellife satisfaction; overall satisfaction
Page in publication56, 59
RemarksRange is 1-8; 1=very dissatisfied, 8=very satisfied The item is part of a satisfaction questionaire, derived from the 1 st version of the Satisfaction with Life Domain Scale. It consisted of 11 single items, asking subjects how satisfied they felt about their life in general, and with leisure, housing, finances, work, self-confidence, sentimental life, health.kin family, children and friends. The mean (not given) was the cutting point to cut the sample in 2 parts: low satisfaction and high satisfaction 35% was in the high satisfaction part; 53% in the low satisfaction part.
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
distressing events and psychopathological statusL06aa01Earlier life-events
distressing events and psychopathological statusL05ab01Overall degree of life-change, also classified as above ↑