Correlational findings

Study White et al. (1999): study US 1999

65+ aged, residents of a retirement community, USA, 1999
Survey name
Unnamed study
N = 23
Non Response
Multiple assesment methods
A combination of selfreports and telephone interviews at T1 (before the study), T2 (after 2 weeks of training), and T3 after 5 months


Authors's Label
Computer and internet training
Our Classification
Computer- and internettraining during 5 months. Participants followed an initial training of 9 hours by a computer consultant to groups of 6 with 2 participants per computer. Trainuing comprised of basic computer skills and e-mail and internet instruction. After this training help was available during the first 2 months for 3-4 hours/week and for 1 hour/week during the last 3 months.
Several factors were also monitored: length of time necessary for training, amount of computer usage, and types of problems encountered.
Participants were asked to complete computer use logs at each session, which provided data on when and how much computer time was spent, what applications were used, and types of problems encountered. Assistants completed similar logs. 4 months after completion of the study telephone interviews were conducted to determine the extent to which their computer use continued.
2 newsletters were sent to participants to encourage computer use, and a scheduled meeting was organized to discuss problems.

They were offered computer training AFTER the study completion.

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks A-BB-cm-mq-v-2-a DM = + ns                T1    T3   T3-T1
Treatment    8.80   8.90  +0.10
Control      9.40   9.36  -0.04
-difference -0.60  -0.46  +0.06

Happiness assessed at:
T1 baseline
T2 2 weeks after 5 months training
T3 5 months after 5 months training