Correlational findings

Study Peters et al. (1977): study US 1974

Employees, USA, 1974
Survey name:
Unnamed study
N = 178
Non Response:
Questionnaire: paper


Authors's label
Relaxation eliciting technique
Our Classification
Volunteer participants were randomly assigned on a 3:2:2 ratio to:
1A. RELAXATION + ELICITING TECHNIQUE. Paticipants were asked to take two 15 minutes breaks each day for an eight week period. The relaxation technique taught  involves silently repeating the word "one" during each exhalation and passively disregarding other thoughts.
Paticipants were asked to take two 15 minutes breaks each day for an eight week period.  Participants were told that as long as they sat quietly without speaking and did not focus on any one repetitive thought, they could daydream, think about their days, listen to music,or use the time for any similar relaxing activity
0A: CONTROL; non-volunteers
0B: CONTROL: volunteers randimlu assigned as controls
Groups A and B  took no special relaxation breaks. They were promised and subsequently given the opportunity of learning the relaxation response at the end of the 12-week investigation.

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks A-BB-cw-mq-v-4-i DM = + ns                                    T0    T1-T0
Relaxation + eliciting technique   24,0  +1,0
Relaxation                         23,7  +0,9
Control A                          22,9  +0,8
Control B                          25,2  -0,4
A-BB-cw-mq-v-4-i D%sr = + ns                                          T1-T0
Relaxation + eliciting technique         +3,7%
Relaxation                               +3,3%
Control A                                +3,0%
Control B                                -1,5%

Happiness measured at:
T0 = baseline
T1 = post intervention

Theoretical scale range 9-36