Comparing multiple discrepancies theory to affective models of subjective wellbeing

Blore, Jed D, Stokes, Mark A, Mellor, David, Firth, Lucy and Cummins, Robert A 2011, Comparing multiple discrepancies theory to affective models of subjective wellbeing, Social Indicators Research, vol. 100, no. 1, pp. 1-16, doi: 10.1007/s11205-010-9599-2.

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Title Comparing multiple discrepancies theory to affective models of subjective wellbeing
Author(s) Blore, Jed D
Stokes, Mark AORCID iD for Stokes, Mark A
Mellor, DavidORCID iD for Mellor, David
Firth, Lucy
Cummins, Robert AORCID iD for Cummins, Robert A
Journal name Social Indicators Research
Volume number 100
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Publication date 2011
ISSN 0303-8300
Keyword(s) subjective well-being
multiple discrepancies theory
quality of life
Summary The Subjective Wellbeing (SWB) literature is replete with competing theories detailing the mechanisms underlying the construction and maintenance of SWB. The current study aimed to compare and contrast two of these approaches: multiple discrepancies theory (MDT) and an affective-cognitive theory of SWB. MDT posits SWB to be the result of perceived discrepancies between multiple standards of comparison. By contrast, affective-cognitive theory asserts that SWB is primarily influenced by trait affect, and indirectly influenced by personality and cognition through trait affect. Participants comprised 387 individuals who responded to the 5th longitudinal survey of the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index. Results of Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) indicated the poorest fit to the data for the MDT model. The affective-cognitive model also did not provide a good fit to the data. A purely affective model provided the best fit to the data, was the most parsimonious, and explained 66% of variance in SWB.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s11205-010-9599-2
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling 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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