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Studies

Bergsma et al. (2011a): study NL 1996 /1

Publication

Author(s):
Bergsma, A.; DeGraaf, A.; TenHave, M.; Veenhoven, R.
Title:
Most People with Mental Disorders are Happy: A 3-year Follow-Up in the Dutch General Population.
Source:
The Journal of Positive Psychology, 2011, Vol. 6, 253 - 259

Investigation

Public:
18-65 aged, diagnosed as having mental disorder, Netherlands, 1996
Sample:
Probability stratified sample
Respondents:
N = 1138
Non Response:
30%
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

During the past 4 weeks….. Have you been a happy person?
6  all of the time
5  most of the time
4  a good bit of the time
3  some of the time
2  a little of the time
1  none of the time

Item MH5 in SF-36 (Medical Outcome Study 36 item Short Form)
Classification:
M-TH-cm-sq-v-6-a
Author's label:
Happiness
Page in publication:
3
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%,   4: 0%,   5: 0%,   6: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 6 On range 0-10
Mean:
4.20

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Living with partner Current intimate relationships Gender Sex (male vs female) Age Current age (in years) Education Level of school-education Employment Current employment status Urbanicity of place of residence Rural vs urban dwelling Kind of mental disorder Mood (affective) disorders (f30-f39)
Anxious (f40)
Disorders due to substance use (f10-f19)
Number of mental disorders Current general mental health Physical functioning Global health rating Emotional functioning Overall selfestimate of mental health Social functioning Restrictions to social functioning