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Correlational findings

Study Sheldon et al. (2013): study US Missouri 2011

Public:
Students actively participating in happiness training, USA, 201?
Survey name:
Unnamed study
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 79
Non Response:
Assessment:
Questionnaire: web
Instructions and first assessment in laboratary, follow-up questionnaire online

Correlate

Authors's label
Activity change or circumstance change intervention
Our Classification
Operationalization
T1: After baseline assessment students were randomly assisgned to two treatments.

A. ACTIVITY CHANGE GROUP. Participants were asked to attempt something which might influence their mood. Then they were asked to identify a goal or activity change they could make during the next two weeks

B: CIRCUMSTANCE CHANGE GROUP. Participants were asked to attempt something which might influence their mood. Then they were asked to identify a circumstance they could change.

T2:. Participants completed questionnaires immediately after identifying the goals.

T3: After two weeks participants were asked whether they actually made the change they said they would make. If yes, the students were asked to rate the variety of their change. Lead item: To what extent is the change something that varies over time, i.e. something that adds variety to your life? Rated 1 = not at all to 5  = very much. In both groups only participants who really made the change were included in the analyses.

Because there were no differences in outcomes between the groups, analyses were performed for both groups together .

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks A-BW-cw-mq-v-5-d DM = + p < .01 Happiness LEVEL         Happiness CHANGE
T1    T2    T3           T2-T1      T3-T1
1.42  1.71  1.51        +0.29(.01)  +0.09 (ns)
A-BW-cw-mq-v-5-d D%sr = +                          +3,6%     +1,1% (ns)

Happiness assessed at:
T1: baseline
T2: immediately after identifying goals
T3: 2 weeks after identifying goals
A-BW-cw-mq-v-5-d b = +.19 p < .05 Participants who enacted their change with greater variety were more succesful at maintaining at T3 the initial boost of happiness (T2)

T2: immediately after identifying goals
T3: 2 weeks after identifying goals