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Tunney (2006): study GB 2001

Publication

Author(s):
Tunney, R.J.
Title:
The Effects of Winning the Lottery on Happiness, Life Satisfaction, and Mood.
Source:
Survey Report for Camelot Group, University of Nottingham, School of Psychology, 2006, UK

Investigation

Public:
Lottery winners and matched controls, Great Britain, 200?
Sample:
Non-probability purposive-expert sample
Respondents:
N = 34
Non Response:
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper

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:
Satisfaction with life
Remarks:
Winners    M = 5,95;    SD = 0,99  Mt = 8,25;   SDt = 1,65  N = 34
Controls    M = 5,30;    SD = 1,51  Mt = 7,17;   SDt = 2,52  N = 40
                                                   DMt=  1,08;   [CI95=  0,11-2,05]
Page in publication:
20-26
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 4%,   4: 6%,   5: 11%,   6: 51%,   7: 29%   (total 101%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 4 - 28 On range 0-10
Mean:
5.95 8.25
SD:
0.99 1.65
Full text:
Selfreport on 8 questions:

..how frequent one experienced in the past few weeks..
A happy
B satisfied
C contented
D cheerful
E sorry
F sad
G depressed
H dissatisfied

Rated  for applicability:
4 definitely
3  slightly
2  slightly not
1  definitely not

Summation: (A+B+C+D) - (E+F+G+H)

Name: Hedonic Tone (HT) subscale of UWIST mood adjective checklist (Mathews et. al. 1990)
Classification:
A-AB-cm-mq-v-4-d
Author's label:
General Mood State
Remarks:
Winners: Positive affect: M = +15,00;  Negative affect M = -5,30; Affect Balance M = +9,70
Controls: Positive affect: M = +13,10;  Negative affect M = -6,92; Affect Balance M = +6,18

NB: In this question: satisfied instead of joyful and dissatisfied instead of frustrated.
Page in publication:
29, 30
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%,   4: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range -12 - 12 On range 0-10
Mean:
9.70

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Lottery winning Lottery winning