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Studies

Wright & Staw (1999): study US 1994

Publication

Author(s):
Wright, T.A.; Staw, B.M.
Title:
Affect and Favorable Work Outcomes: Two Longitudinal Tests of the Happy - Productive Worker Thesis.
Source:
Journal of Organizational Behavior, 1999, Vol. 20, 1 - 23

Investigation

Public:
Social welfare department employees, USA, 199?, followed 4 years
Sample:
Non-probability chunk sample
Respondents:
N = 81
Non Response:
35%
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper
Work performance rated by departmental manager.

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on 8 questions:

Here is a list that describes some of the ways people feel at different times. How often do you feel each of these ways?
A  On top of the world
B  Very lonely or remote from other people
C  Particularly excited or interested in something
D  Pleased about having accomplished something
E  Bored
F  Depressed or very unhappy
G  So restless that you could not sit long in a chair
H  Vaguely uneasy about something without knowing why

Reponse options:
0  never
1  sometimes
3  often

Scoring:
PA   =  A+C+D           (range 0-9)
NA   =  B+E+F+G+H  (range 0-15)
ABS =  PA-NA           (range 1-7)

Name: Index of Psychological Wellbeing
Classification:
A-BB-u-mq-v-3-e
Author's label:
Affective disposition
Remarks:
T1: N= 44 M =3,5 SD =1,3   T2: N= 45 M= 3,5 SD = 1,5
Page in publication:
6
Error estimates:
Cronbach alpha: T1: 0.73 T2: 0.70
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 7 On range 0-10
Mean:
3.50 8.50
SD:
1.30
Full text:
Selfreport on 20 questions.

This scale consists of a number of words that describe different feelings and emotions. Read each item and mark the appropriate answer in the space next to that word. Indicate to what extend you felt this way today....?
A  nervous
B  distressed
C  afraid
D  jittery
E  irritable
F  upset
G  scared
H  exiled
I   ashamed
J   guilty
K  hostile
L  active
M  determined
N  inspired
O  enthusiastic
P  alert
Q  attentive
R  proud
S  strong
T  interested

Answer options:
1  very slightly or not at all
2  a little
3  moderately
4  quite a bit
5  extremely

Negative affect score (NAS): A to K
Positive affect score   (PAS): L to T
Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS - NAS

Name: Watson et al's PANAS ('today' version)
Classification:
A-BW-md-mq-v-5-b
Author's label:
positive and negative mood
Remarks:
Affect Balance: at T2 M= 1,2   
                         at T3 M =1,6   
Positive Affect subscale: at T2  M= 3,1 SD =0,8
                                        at T3  M= 3,2  SD=0,7
Negative Affect subscale: at T2 M= 1,9  SD=0,9
                                          at T3 M=1,6  SD=0,7
Page in publication:
8
Error estimates:
Cronbach alpha: positive mood T2: 0.91 T3: 0.86 negative mood T2: 0.93 T3: 0.90

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Composite rated performance Later work-performance
Change in work-performance
Support Later work-performance Goal emphasis Later work-performance Team building Later work-performance Work facilitation Later work-performance Global rated performance Later work-performance Positive and Negative mood Mood during the day of interview
Past happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago)