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Parks (2009): study US Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2004 /1

Publication

Author(s):
Parks, A.C.
Title:
Positive Psychotherapy: Building a Model of empirically supported Self-Help.
Source:
PhD dissertation, 2009, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Investigation

Public:
Participants in a happiness training, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 2004
Survey name:
Unnamed study
Sample:
Non-probability self-selected
Respondents:
N = 360
Non Response:
Assessment:
Questionnaire: web
Participants completed web-based assessments before and after the 6-week intervention period, as well as 3-months, 6-months, and 1 year after post. Upon completion of the post-assessment, participants received $100 in compensation. They received $50 for each subsequent follow-up completed. During 6 weeks participants in the intervention group completed exercises in Positive Psycho Therapy (PPT). The final session focused on maintenance personalization. The control group did not participate in PPT. Both groups completed the questionnaires at baseline (T1), after 6 weeks (T2), after 3 months (T3), after 6 months (T4) and after 1 year (T5).

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on four questions:

Using the 1-7 scale below, indicate your agreement with each of the items by placing the appropriate number on the line preceding that item. Please be open and honest in your responding.
A  In most ways my life is close to ideal
B  The conditions of my life are excellent
C  I am satisfied with my life
D  So far, I have gotten the important things I want in life

Answers rated:
7  strongly agree
6  agree
5  slightly agree
4  neither agree nor disagree
3  slightly disagree
2  disagree
1  strongly disagree

Computation: A+B+C+D

Name: Shortened Diener's Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS)
(In the original scale item 5 reads: 'If I could live my life over, I would change nothing'. This item is left out in this selection because a positive answer to this question does not necessarily mean that the respondent doesn't like the life he/she actually lives.)
Classification:
O-Sum-u-mq-v-7-a
Author's label:
Life satisfaction
Page in publication:
16

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Positive psychotherapy training, study 2. Trainings for multiple mental skills
Multiple sorts
Voluntary, unsolicited
Care
Actual changes in happiness
Mixed educational methods
Multiple treatment moments
Course, class, training group