Correlational findings

Study Brunstein et al. (1998): study DE 1993

University students, Erlangen, Germany,199?
N = 98
Non Response:
Questionnaire: paper
And structured mood diary.


Authors's label
Predominant motive disposition: agentic over communal
Our Classification
TEST: Picture-story exercise: Ss were asked to write imaginative stories to each of six picture cues. In a relaxed atmosphere, they were allowed 5 min to write each story. The pictures depicted, in order administrated, a man sitting at an office desk, tow female scientists working in a laboratory, a ship's captain talking with another man, two people sitting on a park bench, a man and a woman on a trapeze, and a man, a woman, an a guitar player in a nightclub.

CODING: Ss verbal protocols were content coded for 3 kinds of imagery in running text:
- power
- achivement
- affiliation-intimacy
Expressed in mentioning per 1000 words

A need for agency = achievement + power
B need for communion = afilliation-intimacy
C predominant motive disposition = A - B, converted to z-scores

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks A-AB-mp-mq-n-5-a r = -.07 ns Correlation with initial mood A-AB-mp-mqr-n-5-a r = -.05 ns Correlation with 2 weeks average daily mood A-AB-mp-mqr-n-5-a b = Correlation with CHANGE in mood: 2 weeks daily mood, controling initial mood
- Positive among Ss reporting agentic goal
  progress B = +.31 (01)
- Negative among Ss reporting communal goal
  progress B =-.21 (01)

Difference in average daily mood between Ss high and low on progress in agentic goals (1 SD above or below mean, means expressed in z-scores)
- high-progress Ss high on agentic motivation
  feel better
- low-progress Ss high on agentic motivation
  feel worse
- little difference in mood among Ss low in
  agentic motivation, irrespective of progress
  in agentic goals

Unaffected by
- gender
- personality (extraversion, neuroticism)