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Studies

Evans et al. (2007): study GB 1994

Publication

Author(s):
Evans, S.; Banerjee, S.; Huxley, P.J.; Leese, M.
Title:
The Impact of Mental Illness on Quality of Life: A Comparison of Severe Mental Illness, Common Mental Disorder and Healthy Population Samples.
Source:
Quality of Life Research, 2007, Vol. 16, 17 - 29

Investigation

Public:
Mental patients and controls, followed 2 years, UK 1994-2001
Sample:
Mixed samples
Respondents:
N = 149
Non Response:
94%
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question, asked twice in interview:

How do you feel about your life as a whole......?
7  could not be better
6  
5  
4  
3  
2  
1  could not be worse

Summation: arithmetic mean

Name: Andrews & Withey's "Delighted-Terrible Scale" (original version).
Also known as Lehman's 'Global life satisfaction'
Classification:
O-DT-u-sqt-v-7-b
Author's label:
general life-quality
Page in publication:
17-29

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Mental health Actual changes in happiness
Current general mental health
In mental hospital
Living in a mental hospital
Change in conditions for happiness
Trend behavioral correlates of happiness
Restrictions Current resources Depressed (vs not depressed) Depressive (f31-33) Mental health consulted Scores on symptom inventories At least monthy family contact Contacts with relatives Health opportunities restricted Degree of restriction Financial opportunities restricted `objective` poverty Living situation opportunities restricted Current resources Married vs not married Married state (compared to non-married states) positive vsnegative disposition Positive reacting Time Perceived time-pressure Family oppertunities restricted Contacts with relatives Safety opppertunities restricted Satisfaction with safety in vinicity Income Current income level (unspecified) Age Current age (in years) Home owner cf not a home owner House owned or rented