Questionnaires for Stoic Week

Update:

Don’t forget to retake the surveys below for analysis, and also to take the general feedback questionnaire. Your responses will be really helpful for designing the Stoic Fortnight in Spring 2013.

Make sure to use the same pseudonym or email address as you used one week ago.

And a reminder of the prize draw for a signed copy of Jules Evan’s¬†Philosophy as a Way of LIfe¬†for all those who complete all surveys.

1) To retake the Flourishing scale please visit http://eSurv.org?u=FlourishingAfter

2) To retake the Satisfaction with Life scale please visit http://eSurv.org?u=SatisfactionWithLifeAfter

3) To retake the SPANE scale please visit http://eSurv.org?u=SPANEAfter

4) To complete our survey of your experience of the week, please visit http://eSurv.org?u=StoicWeekOverall

 

Information on Scales Used

1) The Satisfaction with Life Scale

The SWLS (Diener, Emmons, Larsen & Griffin, 1985)¬†is a short 5-item instrument designed to measure global cognitive judgements of satisfaction with one’s life. The scale usually requires only about one minute of a respondent’s time. Satisfaction with life, along with the balance of positive over negative emotions (as measured by for example the SPANE scale) forms part of Subjective Well-Being, which is the most popular measure ¬†used by psychologists to measure happiness.

Source: See  https://www.psych.uiuc.edu/reprints/index.php?page=request_article&site_id=24&article_id=491 for more on the scale and http://internal.psychology.illinois.edu/~ediener/Documents/Understanding%20SWLS%20Scores.pdf for more information on interpreting the results

 

2) The Scale of Positive and Negative Experience  

The SPANE Scale (Diener, E., Wirtz, D. et al (2009).) is a 12-item questionnaire includes six items to assess positive feelings and six items to assess negative feelings. For both the positive and negative items, three of the items are general (e.g., positive, negative) and three per subscale are more specific (e.g., joyful, sad). The SPANE score can be used to measure the balance of positive over negative affect, which along with Satisfaction with Life is part of Subjective Well-Being.

A score of 12 on the¬†“SPANE-B”¬†(positive minus negative ¬†experience balance)) would represent a high score.See¬†http://www.goodmedicine.org.uk/stressedtozest/2011/01/two-new-easily-usable-scales-assessing-wellbeing

3) The Flourishing Scale

The flourishing scale is a 7 point scale developed by Ed Diener et al. designed to measure flourishing, a broader sense of psychological well-being than that measured by the other tests. ¬†(Diener, E., D. Wirtz, et al. (2010). “New well-being measures: short scales to assess¬†flourishing and positive and negative feelings.” Social Indicators Research 97(2): 143-156. ). The Flourishing Scale may therefore correspond more closely to non-hedonistic philosophical theories of well-being than the other measures.

To score, add the responses, varying from 1 to 7, for all eight items giving a range from 8 to 56. A high score represents a person with many psychological resources and strengths.

A score of 36 or lower places you in the bottom 10% of respondents.

A score of 43 or lower places you in the bottom 33% of respondents.

A score of 47 or lower places you in the bottom 60% of respondents.

A score of 52 or lower places you in the bottom 90% of respondents.

(source:  http://www.goodmedicine.org.uk/files/assessment,%20diener%20flourishing.pdf)

Taking the Scales

[N.B. These links are for your first input; links will be removed after Midnight Sunday GMT, and new links will be placed here for end of Stoic week].

1) To take the Flourishing scale please visit http://eSurv.org?u=Flourishing.

2) To take the Satisfaction with Life scale please visit http://eSurv.org?u=SatisfactionWithLife

3) To take the SPANE scale please visit http://eSurv.org?u=SPANE