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Peters et al. (1977): study US 1974

Publication

Author(s):
Peters, R.K.; Benson, H.; Porter, D.
Title:
Daily Relaxation Response Breaks in a Working Population: Effects on Self-reported Measures of Health, Performance, and Well-being
Source:
American Journal of Public Health, 1977, Vol. 67, 946 - 953

Investigation

Public:
Employees, USA, 1974
Survey name:
Unnamed study
Sample:
Non-probability chunk sample
Respondents:
N = 178
Non Response:
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on 9 questions:

We are interested in the way people are feeling these days. The following list describes some of the ways people feel at different times. Please indicate how often you felt each way during the last week.

How often last week did you feel .....?
A  On the top of the world
B  Very lonely or remote from other people
C  Particularly excited or interested in something
D  Depressed or very unhappy
E   Pleased about having accomplished something
F   Bored
G  Proud because someone complimented you on something  
     you had done
H  So restless you couldn't sit long in a chair
I    Vaguely uneasy about something without knowing why

Answer options:
1  not at all
2  once
3  several times
4  often

Summation:
Positive Affect Score (PAS): summed scores on A, C, E, G
Negative Affect Score (NAS): summed REVERSED scores on B, D, F, H, I

Affect Balance Score (ABS):  PAS plus NAS

Name: Bradburn's `Affect Balance Scale' (modified version)
Classification:
A-BB-cw-mq-v-4-i
Author's label:
Happiness-Unhappiness Index
Remarks:
In this study rating was on a 1-4 scale. After recoding the negative items all scores were added up so the scale range is 9-36.

Mean is baseline score for whole sample
Page in publication:
948
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%,   4: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range 9 - 36 On range 0-10
Mean:
24.10

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Relaxation eliciting technique Combinations of guided intervention and self help
On invitation, no pay
Work
Relaxation training