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Well-being as a Function of Person-Country Fit in Human Values

Hanel, Paul and Wolfradt, Uwe and Wolf, Lukas J and Coelho, Gabriel Lins de Holanda and Maio, Gregory R (2020) 'Well-being as a Function of Person-Country Fit in Human Values.' Nature Communications, 11 (1). ISSN 2041-1723

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Abstract

It is often assumed that incongruence between individuals’ values and those of their country is distressing, but the evidence has been mixed. Across 29 countries, the present research investigated whether well-being is higher if people’s values match with those of people living in the same country or region. Using representative samples, we find that person-country and person-region value congruence predict six well-being measures (e.g., emotional well-being, relationship support; N = 54,673). Crucially, however, value type moderates whether person-country fit is positively or negatively associated with well-being. People who value self-direction, stimulation, and hedonism more and live in countries and regions where people on average share these values report lower well-being. In contrast, people who value achievement, power, and security more and live in countries and regions where people on average share these values, report higher well-being. Additionally, we find that people who moderately value stimulation report the highest well-being.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2020 14:46
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2020 15:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/28633

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