Parks (2009): study US Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2007
- Parks, A.C.
- Positive Psychotherapy: Building a Model of empirically supported Self-Help.
- PhD dissertation, 2009, University of Pennsylvania, USA.
- Student participants in a happiness training, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 2007-08
- Survey name:
- Unnamed study
- Non-probability self-selected
- N = 267
- Non Response:
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
7 strongly agree
5 slightly agree
4 neither agree nor disagree
3 slightly disagree
1 strongly disagree
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.)
- Author's label:
- Life satisfaction
- Page in publication:
Course, class, training group
On invitation, no pay
Actual changes in happiness
Multiple treatment moments