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Subjective wellbeing as a social indicator

Cummins, Robert A. 2016, Subjective wellbeing as a social indicator, Social indicators research, In Press, pp. 1-13, doi: 10.1007/s11205-016-1496-x.

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Title Subjective wellbeing as a social indicator
Author(s) Cummins, Robert A.ORCID iD for Cummins, Robert A. orcid.org/0000-0001-9014-7193
Journal name Social indicators research
Season In Press
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2016-11-18
ISSN 0303-8300
1573-0921
Keyword(s) Social indicators
Subjective wellbeing
Happiness
Homeostasis
Public policy
Summary My essay contributes to the 50-year celebration of Bauer’s ‘Social Indicators’ by examining the progress of subjective social indicators. It begins with a description of how the three contributors to this volume, Bauer, Biderman and Gross, viewed subjective indicators, and then examines developments to the present. Of special interest is subjective wellbeing, most particularly as it is understood through the theory of subjective wellbeing homeostasis. The theory is described and the potential use of subjective wellbeing as an indicator, relevant to the development of public policy, is described. I conclude that it is timely for national statistical agencies to consider the adoption of a scale to measure subjective wellbeing.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s11205-016-1496-x
Field of Research 170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
1608 Sociology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Springer
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30090696

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Collection: School of Psychology
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