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Studies

Hoopes & Lounsbury (1989): study US 1985

Publication

Author(s):
Hoopes, L.L.; Lounsbury, J.W.
Title:
An Investigation of Life Satisfaction Following a Vacation: A Domain Specific Approach.
Source:
Journal of Community Psychology, 1989, Vol. 17, 129 - 140

Investigation

Public:
Working adults, USA, before and after vacation, 198?,
Sample:
Non-probability purposive sample
Respondents:
N = 129
Non Response:
23
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper
Completed at T1 and T3. Prevacation survey 1 to 2 weeks before vacation (median time 7 days), within a week after they returned to their jobs subjects filled out the postvacation survey form (median time 3 days).

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

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

Name: Andrews & Withey's `Delighted-Terrible Scale'  (original version)
Classification:
O-DT-u-sq-v-7-a
Author's label:
Satisfaction with life as a whole
Remarks:
Post vacation: M= 5,43 SD=.85
This question on overall life satisfaction was preceded by 30 questions on satisfaction with aspects of life.
Scale was reversed in original report.
Mean in original scale: Pre vacation = 2,70, Post vacation = 2,57,
SD in original scale: Prevacation= .86, Postvacation= .85

Overall life satisfaction increased significantly (t=3.29 p<05) after vacation
Page in publication:
132,134,
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:
5.30
SD:
0.86

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Satisfaction with leisure Satisfaction with leisure
Earlier satisfaction with leisure
Later satisfaction with leisure
Satisfaction with leisure during vacation Satisfaction with leisure
Earlier satisfaction with leisure
Later satisfaction with leisure
Satisfaction with marriage/family Satisfaction with family-life
Later satisfaction with current marriage
Earlier satisfaction with current marriage-relationship
Satisfaction with marriage/family during vacation Satisfaction with family-life
Satisfaction with marriage
Length of current marriage
Later satisfaction with current marriage
Satisfaction with nature Satisfaction with local recreation
Satisfaction with leisure activities
Satisfaction with nature during vacation Satisfaction with leisure
Earlier satisfaction with leisure
Later satisfaction with leisure
Satisfaction with money Earlier satisfaction with income
Later satisfaction with income
Satisfaction with money during vacation Concern about spending
Concern about leisure
Satisfaction with work Later satisfaction with work
Earlier satisfaction with work
Satisfaction with work during vacation Earlier satisfaction with work
Later satisfaction with work
Satisfaction with community Earlier satisfaction with residence
Later attitudes to residence
Attitude to vinicity
Satisfaction with food/lodging during vacation Earlier satisfaction with leisure
Later satisfaction with leisure
Satisfaction with vacation as a whole Later leisure
Earlier leisure
panel dropout Panel-dropout Covariate set Socio-demographic factors only Vacation Actual changes in happiness
Traveling
Current time-usage
Leisure