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
DOIDOI:10.1016/j.socscimed.2006.02.008
PublicCancer patients and controls, the Netherlands, 8 years after diagnosis, 1998 -?
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
Non-Response50
Respondents N =206

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

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-Sum-u-mq-v-7-aDM=-
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 divided by 4

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
SymbolExplanation
DMDIFFERENCE of MEANS
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.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl