The contribution of job and partner satisfaction to the homeostatic defense of subjective wellbeing

Lai, Lufanna C. H. and Cummins, Robert A. 2013, The contribution of job and partner satisfaction to the homeostatic defense of subjective wellbeing, Social indicators research, vol. 111, no. 1, pp. 203-217.

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Title The contribution of job and partner satisfaction to the homeostatic defense of subjective wellbeing
Author(s) Lai, Lufanna C. H.
Cummins, Robert A.
Journal name Social indicators research
Volume number 111
Issue number 1
Start page 203
End page 217
Total pages 15
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Publication date 2013-03
ISSN 0303-8300
1573-0921
Keyword(s) subjective wellbeing
personal wellbeing index
homeostatically protected mood
homeostatic model
global life satisfaction
cultural response bias
Summary Two studies investigate subjective wellbeing (SWB) homeostasis. The first investigates the contribution of job satisfaction (JS) and partner satisfaction (PS) to the homeostatic defense of SWB. The extant model of homeostasis does not include either variable. The second study investigates the relationship between Homeostatically Protected Mood (HPMood) and other factors involved in the homeostatic model. It has been proposed that HPMood is the basic, biologically determined, positive mood that saturates SWB and other related variables, and forms the basis of the SWB set-point. Thus, if HPMood is an individual difference and it perfuses other homeostatic variables, then HPMood should be responsible for much of the shared variance between such variables. Two comparative samples are involved. One is a group of 171 Hong Kong Chinese recruited through convenience sampling. The other is a group of 343 Australians recruited via a general population survey. Results indicate that both JS and PS predict significant variance in Global Life Satisfaction beyond the existing factors in the homeostatic model. It is also found that, after controlling for the effect of HPMood, the strength of correlations between SWB and other homeostatic variables is significantly diminished. The implications of these findings are discussed.
Language eng
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30051493

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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