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Studies

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

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, general public, The Netherlands, 1996-1998
Sample:
Selection from general population sample
Respondents:
N = 7076
Non Response:
T0 non response: 30%; T1 dropout: 21%; T2 dropout:15%
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:
796
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:
4.93

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Mental Disorder Scores on symptom inventories Specific Mental Disorder Depressive (f31-33)
Scores on symptom inventories
Mood (affective) disorders (f30-f39)
Anxious (f40)
Disorders due to substance use (f10-f19)
Alcoholic (f10)