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Correlational findings

Study Brunstein (1993): study DE 1988

Public:
Students, Germany, 1988, followed 14 weeks
Survey name:
Unnamed study
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 97
Non Response:
9
Assessment:
Questionnaire: web
T1 intructions were carried out in group sessions, T2-T4 intructions were mailed to the subjects and they were to reply.

Correlate

Authors's label
Commitment to personal goals
Our Classification
Operationalization
Participants were to list six personal goals they considered to be most important for them in the next few months. Next they rated their commitment per goal.
a) Determination:
   - No matter what happens, I will not give up this goal.
   - I sometimes doubt whether I shall definitely accomplish this goal.
b) Urgency:
   - I have the urgent feeling to immediately start working on this goal.
   - I think I will wait awhile until I begin working on this goal.
c) Willingness
   - Even if it means a lot of effort I will do everything necessary to accomplish this goal.
   - If this goal implies lots of difficulties, I am willing to postphone it for a while.

Rating
7-point scale
1: completely disagree
:
7: completely agree

Summation:
For the different questions a mean was calculated by averaging scores across students' assessments of the questions on the six personal goals.

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks M-AO-c-mq-n-7-a r = +.10 ns T1 goal commitment by T1 happiness M-AO-c-mq-n-7-a r = +.20 ns T1 goal commitment by T2 happiness (4 weeks interval) M-AO-c-mq-n-7-a r = +.13 ns T1 goal commitment by T3 happiness (10 weeks interval) M-AO-c-mq-n-7-a r = +.09 ns T1 goal commitment by T4 happiness (14 weeks interval) M-AO-c-mq-n-7-a r = +.16 ns T3 goal commitment by T1 happiness (10 weeks interval) O-SLW-c-mq-n-7-a r = +.33 p < .01 T3 goal commitment by T2 happiness (6 weeks interval) O-SLW-c-mq-n-7-a r = +.30 p < .01 T3 goal commitment by T3 happiness O-SLW-c-mq-n-7-a r = +.21 ns T3 goal commitment by T4 happiness (4 weeks interval)