Is life dissatisfaction the opposite of life satisfaction?

Davern, Melanie and Cummins, Robert 2006, Is life dissatisfaction the opposite of life satisfaction?, Australian journal of psychology, vol. 58, no. 1, pp. 1-7, doi: 10.1080/00049530500125124.

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Title Is life dissatisfaction the opposite of life satisfaction?
Author(s) Davern, Melanie
Cummins, RobertORCID iD for Cummins, Robert
Journal name Australian journal of psychology
Volume number 58
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 7
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd.
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2006-05
ISSN 0004-9530
Summary The circumplex model of affect proposes that states of affect can be categorised according to the two dimensions of valence and arousal. According to this model, satisfaction and dissatisfaction are located on the pleasant and unpleasant ends of the valence axis as bipolar opposites. This study investigated the relationship between these two adjectives when assessed with unipolar or bipolar response formats. This suggests that a reciprocal relationship exists between life satisfaction and dissatisfaction when a unipolar response format is employed, but not when a bipolar response format was used. These results are discussed in relation to current affect theory and subject wellbeing research.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/00049530500125124
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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