Rebound or resignation: developing a predictive model of return to subjective wellbeing set-point

Weinberg, Melissa K., Heath, Nicola and Tomyn, Adrian J. 2015, Rebound or resignation: developing a predictive model of return to subjective wellbeing set-point, Journal of happiness studies, vol. In press, pp. 1-11, doi: 10.1007/s10902-015-9659-z.

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Title Rebound or resignation: developing a predictive model of return to subjective wellbeing set-point
Author(s) Weinberg, Melissa K.ORCID iD for Weinberg, Melissa K.
Heath, Nicola
Tomyn, Adrian J.
Journal name Journal of happiness studies
Volume number In press
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Publisher Springer
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1389-4978
Summary Though subjective wellbeing (SWB) is generally stable and consistent over time, it can fall below its set-point in response to adverse life events. However, deviations from set-point levels are usually only temporary, as homeostatic processes operate to return SWB to its normal state. Given that income and close interpersonal relationships have been proposed as powerful external resources that are coincident with higher SWB, access to these resources may be an important predictor of whether or not a person is likely to recover their SWB following a departure from their set-point. Under the guiding framework of SWB Homeostasis Theory, this study considers whether access to a higher income and a committed partner can predict whether people who score lower than normal for SWB at baseline will return to normal set-point levels of SWB (rebound) or remain below the normal range (resigned) at follow-up. Participants were 733 people (53.3 % female) from the Australian Unity Longitudinal Wellbeing Study who ranged in age from 20 to 92 years (M = 59.65 years; SD = 13.15). Logistic regression analyses revealed that participants’ demographic characteristics were poor predictors of whether they rebounded or resigned. Consistent with homeostasis theory, the extent of departure from the proposed normal SWB set-point at baseline was significantly associated with rebound or resignation at time 2. These findings have implications for the way that SWB measures can be used in professional practice to identify people who are particularly vulnerable to depression and to guide the provision of appropriate and effective therapeutic interventions.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10902-015-9659-z
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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