Well-Being (Including Life Satisfaction)


Over the past quarter century, measures intended to assess Subjective Well-Being (SWB) have substantially increased, in terms of both the number of measures available and the sophistication of these measures. In this entry, we will briefly review a selected sampling of such measures, as well as some of the issues surrounding assessment in this domain. After defining the relevant constructs, we will present sections on measurement issues, measures of life satisfaction, measures of positive affect, general measures of well-being, and measures of low negative affect. A section focused on future issues and directions will be followed by a final section of conclusions.

Defining Subjective Well-Being

Most investigators engaged in research on SWB conceptualize it as a multi-faceted domain of interest, rather than as a unitary construct. A ...

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