The present study of Forum outcome was conducted within a large scale investigation of the Quality of Life in North America. A quasi-experimental, nonequivalent control group design was used to assess the short- and long-term effects of participation in the Forum. The experimental subjects consisted of men and women who attended Forum seminars during 1985, in a large city in the northeastern United States. About two-thirds were assigned to Group 1 and were asked to complete and return questionnaires both prior to the Forum and after Forum participation. The remaining experimental subjects constituted Group 2, and were asked to complete an identical questionnaire only after Forum participation. This group was included to test for the interaction of treatment and testing. Both groups were administered a follow-up questionnaire approximately a year and one-half after Forum participation to assess its long-term effects.
KeywordsLife Satisfaction Brief Symptom Inventory Comparable Control Group Forum Participant Psychological Symptomatology
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