Correlational finding on Happiness and Neoplasms (cancer) (c00-d48)
Subject code: H14ad02

StudySchroevers et al. (2006): study NL 1998
TitleAdjustment to Cancer in the 8 Years following Diagnosis: A Longitudinal Study comparing Cancer Survivors with Healthy Individuals.
SourceSocial Science & Medicine, 2006, Vol. 63, 598 - 610
PublicCancer patients and controls, the Netherlands, 8 years after diagnosis, 1998 -?
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
Respondents N =206

Author's labelCancer patients
Page in Source 605
Our classificationNeoplasms (cancer) (c00-d48), code H14ad02
 1: Cancer patients
 0: Controls
Observed distributionN= 1:193, 0: 115
Additional data delivered by the author

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness 8 years after diagnosis:

- Patients:  M = 5.42     SD = 1.48   
- Controls:  M = 5.46     SD = 1.41   
Difference:     -0.04

Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-Sum-u-mq-v-7-aSelfreport on four questions:

Using the 1-7 scale below, indicate your agreement with each of the items by placing the appropriate number on the line preceding that item. Please be open and honest in your responding.
A In most ways my life is close to ideal
B The conditions of my life are excellent
C I am satisfied with my life
D So far, I have gotten the important things I want in life

Answers rated:
7 strongly agree
6 agree
5 slightly agree
4 neither agree nor disagree
3 slightly disagree
2 disagree
1 strongly disagree

Computation: A+B+C+D

Name: Shortened Diener's Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS)
(In the original scale item 5 reads: 'If I could live my life over, I would change nothing'. This item is left out in this selection because a positive answer to this question does not necessarily mean that the respondent doesn't like the life he/she actually lives.)

Appendix 2: Statistics used
Type: descriptive statistic only.
Measurement level: Correlate: dichotomous, Happiness: metric
Range: depending on the happiness rating scale of the author; range symmetric about zero.

Meaning: the difference of the mean happiness, as measured on the author's rating scale, between the two correlate levels.
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.