Correlational findings

Study Alden & Trew (2013): study CA 2010

Students high in social anxiety, Canada, 2010
Survey name
Unnamed study
N = 126
Non Response
Questionnaire: Conputer Assisted Web Interview (CAWI)


Authors's Label
Acts of kindness / Behavorial experiments
Our Classification
AK n = 43, BE n = 39, LD n = 44
Participants were randomly assigned to:
1a. ACTS OF KINDNESS (AK), participants were asked to engage in three kind acts a day on 2 days each week over a 4-week
period. Kind acts were defined as acts that benefit others or make others happy, typically at some cost to oneself.
1b BEHAVORIAL EXPERIMENTS (BE). participants were helped to identify their habitual safety behaviors and then were asked to complete two safety behavior experiments (i.e., intentionally use safety behaviors in one social interaction and then intentionally drop safety behaviors in the next interaction to observe differences in the way that others respond) on 2 days each week over a 4-week period.
0 LIFE DETAILS (LD = CONTROL). Participants were asked to record a minimum of three events that occurred each day on 2 days each week over a 4-week period.

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks A-BW-c-mq-v-5-c DM = +                       T0      T1      T1-T0
AK                    3,72    10,81   +7,09
BE                    5,13     7,31   +2,18
LD Controls           4,54     5,97   +1,43

AK vs controls                        +5,66
BE vs controls                        +0,75
A-BW-c-mq-v-5-c D%sr =                                       T1-T0
AK                                    +8,9%
BE                                    +2,7%
LD controls                           +1,8%

AK vs controls                        +7,1%
BE vs controls                        +0,9%

Happiness measured at:
T0 = pre intervention
T1 = post intervention (4 weeks)