Correlational findings

Study VanWeert et al. (2004): study NL 2001

Demented elderly and controls, before and after sensory stimulation program,The Netherlands, 2001-2003
Survey name
Unnamed study
N = 125
Non Response
Behavioural observation
Video recordings of the patients during morning care were observed by independent assessors using the measuring device INTERACT (Behavior) and FACE (mood).


Authors's Label
Sensory Stimulation Program
Our Classification
Demented patients selected for treatment were 1) not bed riden 2) their hearing and vision was completely or partly unimpaired and 3) had no additional psychiatric diagnosis
Pre-test : Experimental 62, Controls: 63
Pre-test and post-test completers: Experimental: 29, Controls 32
Newly included in post-test: Experimentals 37, Controls 31
Snoezelen or Multi-Sensory Stimulation (MSS) is a widely used and accepted approach to nursing home residents suffering from dementia. It is an approach which actively stimulates the senses by light, sound, smell and touch. Treatment was integrated in daily care.

Patients were treated according to an individualized plan by trained caregivers.

Controls were randomly selected from the same nursing homes.

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks A-CA-mh-rdv-n-5-a DM = + p < .001                Experimentals  Controls  
Pre-test    M =  2.74          3.07        
Post-test   M =  3.47          2.63        
-difference     +0.73 (001)   -0.44 (ns)
A-CA-mh-rdv-f-3-a DM = +                Experimentals  Controls  
Pre-test    M =  2.10          2.17        
Post-test   M =  2.49          2.16        
- change        +0.39 (001)   -0.01 (ns)

Pre-test posttest lag 18 months