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Studies

Simmons et al. (1977): study US 1970 /1

Publication

Author(s):
Simmons, R.G.; Klein, S.D.; Simmons, R.L.
Title:
Gift of Life: The Social and Psychological Impact of Organ Transplantation.
Source:
Wiley, 1977, London, UK

Investigation

Public:
Kidney donors followed before and after donation, USA, 1970-1973
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 133
Non Response:
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper
T1 before donation, T2 5 days post, T3 1 years post donation

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Taken all together, how would you say things are these days?   Would you say that you are....?
3  very happy
2  pretty happy
1  not too happy
Classification:
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aa
Author's label:
Happiness
Remarks:
pretransplant : very 34%, pretty 58%, not 8%   M'=2.26   Ms'=6.3
posttransplant: very 60%, pretty 35%, not 5%   M'=2.55   Ms'=7.8
Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

"In general: how satisfying do you find the way of life these days......?"
3  completely satisfying
2  pretty satisfying
1  not satisfying
Classification:
O-SLW-c-sq-v-3-c
Author's label:
Happiness
Remarks:
pretransplant : completely 26%, pretty 64%, not 10%   M'=2.16   Ms'=5.8
posttransplant: completely 37%, pretty 59%, not  4%   M'=2.33   Ms'=6.7
Full text:
Selfreport on 6 questions:

A  On the whole, how happy would you say you are?
B  On the whole, I think I am a quite happy person.
C  In general, how would you say you feel most of the time -in   
    good or in low spirits?
D  I get a lot of fun out of life.
E  I wish I could be as happy as others seem to be.
F  How often do you feel downcast and rejected?

Response options: not reported

The items of this scale were randomly distributed in the questionnaire.

Name: Rosen 'Depressive Affect Scale'
Classification:
M-AO-g-mq-v-5-a
Author's label:
Happiness

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Negative reaction to kidney donation Later coping
Problems with health
Attitudes to organ-donation
Ambivalence towards donation Attitudes to organ-donation Kidney donation Actual donation of organ during life
Earlier helping
Ambivalence about kidney donation Later coping
Attitudes to organ-donation