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Correlational findings

Study Derogatis et al. (1979): study US 1976

Public:
Cancer patients, followed 1 year, USA, 1976-1978
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 35
Non Response:
not reported
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Self-report at T1, Assessment of vital status at T2

Correlate

Authors's Label
Survival
Our Classification
Remarks
T1-T2 lag 1 year Deceased lived on average M=8,6 months (SD=2,1) survivors 22,8 months; (SD=5,1) p=<.001
Distribution
N = 0: 13, 1: 22
Operationalization
Vital status at T2
0: dead
1: still alive

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks A-Bde-c-mq-n-5-a DM = + p < .05            T1 happiness
T2 dead    M = 2,01
T2 alive   M = 1,27
difference    -0,74

The difference is mainly in negative affect, survivors reported more anxiety, depression, guilt and hostility at T1 (p< .05). Survival is not predicted by T1 positive affect (joy, contentment, vigor)