A demonstration of set-points for subjective wellbeing

Cummins, Robert A., Li, Ning, Wooden, Mark and Stokes, Mark 2014, A demonstration of set-points for subjective wellbeing, Journal of happiness studies, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 183-206, doi: 10.1007/s10902-013-9444-9.

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Title A demonstration of set-points for subjective wellbeing
Author(s) Cummins, Robert A.ORCID iD for Cummins, Robert A. orcid.org/0000-0001-9014-7193
Li, Ning
Wooden, Mark
Stokes, MarkORCID iD for Stokes, Mark orcid.org/0000-0001-6488-4544
Journal name Journal of happiness studies
Volume number 15
Issue number 1
Start page 183
End page 206
Total pages 24
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Publication date 2014-02
ISSN 1389-4978
Keyword(s) genetic
subjective wellbeing
Summary This paper presents evidence for the existence of ‘set-points’ for subjective wellbeing. Our results derive from a 10-year longitudinal study in which subjective wellbeing has been measured using a single question of general life satisfaction. The process of data analysis is driven by logic based on the theory of subjective wellbeing homeostasis. This analysis involves the iterative elimination of raw data, from 7,356 individual respondents, based on confidence limits. All results are projected onto a 0–100 point scale. We demonstrate evidence for the existence of set-points lying between 71 and 90 points, with an average set-point-range of 18–20 points for each person. The implications and limitations of these findings are discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10902-013-9444-9
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Springer
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30065366

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