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Nawijn (2011a): study NL 2007

Publication

Author(s):
Nawijn, J.
Title:
Happiness Trough Vacationing: Just a Temporary Boost or Long-Term Benefits?
Source:
Journal of Happiness Studies, 2011, Vol. 12, 651 - 665

Investigation

Public
Adults, general public, Netherlands, followed 2 years, 2007-2008
Sample
Probability sample (unspecified)
Respondents
N = 3650
Non Response
36% drop-out at T2
Assessment
Questionnaire: paper
Participants completed a questionairre every 3 months

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on single question;

I am completely satisfied with the conditions of my life
1  strongly disagree
2
3
4
5  strongly agree
Classification:
O-SLC-u-sq-n-5-a
Author's label:
life satisfaction
Remarks:
2007: M = 3.87, SD = 0.78, 2008: M =3.97, SD = .0.76
Page in publication:
654
Observed distribution
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 5 On range 0-10
Mean:
3.87 -
SD:
0.78 -
Full text:
Self report on 4 questions:

..describe feelings .. (question not reported)
A  happy-sad
B  tense-relaxed
C  satisfied-dissatisfied
D elated-depressed

Rated: 1-7, labels not reported

Computation; (A+B+C+D)/4
Classification:
A-AB-?-mq-n-7-a
Author's label:
Affect balance
Remarks:
Affect balance consists of average sum of positive affect minus negative affect. Affects were scored on a 5-point scale.

Positive affect:
enthusiastic
free, loose, relaxed
cheerful

Negative affect:
depressed
tense
impatient

Mean score given for 2007
Mean score 2008: 3.51, SD = 3.13
Page in publication:
654
Observed distribution
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 7 On range 0-10
Mean:
3.78 -
SD:
3.05 -

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Vacationing Traveling number of trips made Traveling number of days traveled Traveling lenght of travel Later leisure
Traveling
vacation frequency Traveling change trip frequency Change in leisure
Traveling