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Studies

Evans & Huxley (2005): study GB 1999

Publication

Author(s):
Evans, S.; Huxley, P.J.
Title:
Adaptation, Response-shift and Quality of Life Ratings in Mentally Well and Unwell Groups.
Source:
Quality of Life Research, 2005, Vol. 14, 1719 - 1732

Investigation

Public:
18-65 aged, differing in mental health, followed 2 years, UK, 1999-2001
Sample:
Mixed samples
Respondents:
N = 1912
Non Response:
Non-response at T1: 83% Drop-out at T2: 50%)
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper
Mailed questionnaires at T1 and T2

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  delighted
6  pleased
5  mostly satisfied
4  mixed
3  mostly dissatisfied
2  unhappy
1  terrible

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-a
Author's label:
quality of life
Remarks:
T1 happiness
Page in publication:
1719-32
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%,   4: 0%,   5: 0%,   6: 0%,   7: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 7 On range 0-10
Mean:
4.79
SD:
1.06

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Change in quality of life Past happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago)
Earlier mental health
Mental health Current general mental health
In mental hospital
Actual changes in happiness
Change in conditions for happiness
Trend behavioral correlates of happiness
Change in income Change in income level Change in health consultations Change in health-behavior
Change in medical treatment
Adaptation Realization of earlier goals
Change in life-goals
Actual realization of lifegoals
Change family contact Change in family-climate Change in depression Depressive (f31-33)
Change in mental health
Change in mental health consultations Change in health-behavior
Frequency of use
Change in psychological treatments
Actual changes in happiness
Change in home ownership Change in possessions
House owned or rented
Change in housing
Change in being a crime victim Change: recently victimized