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Personal Life Satisfaction as a Measure of Societal Happiness is an Individualistic Presumption: Evidence from Fifty Countries

Krys, Kuba and Park, Joonha and Kocimska-Zych, Agata and Kosiarczyk, Aleksandra and Selim, Heyla A and Wojtczuk-Turek, Agnieszka and Haas, Brian W and Uchida, Yukiko and Torres, Claudio and Capaldi, Colin A and Bond, Michael Harris and Zelenski, John M and Lun, Vivian Miu-Chi and Maricchiolo, Fridanna and Vauclair, Christin-Melanie and Poláčková Šolcová, Iva and Sirlopú, David and Xing, Cai and Vignoles, Vivian L and van Tilburg, Wijnand AP and Teyssier, Julien and Sun, Chien-Ru and Stoyanova, Stanislava and Serdarevich, Ursula and Schwarz, Beate and Sargautyte, Ruta and Røysamb, Espen and Romashov, Vladyslav and Rizwan, Muhammad and Pavlović, Zoran and Pavlopoulos, Vassilis and van Osch, Yvette and Okvitawanli, Ayu and Nadi, Azar and Nader, Martin and Nur Fariza, Mustaffa and Mosca, Oriana and Mohorić, Tamara and Barrientos, Pablo Eduardo and Malyonova, Arina and Liu, Xinhui and Lee, J Hannah and Kwiatkowska, Anna and Kronberger, Nicole and Klůzová Kračmárová, Lucie and Kascakova, Natalia and Işık, İdil and Igou, Eric R and Igbokwe, David O and Hanke-Boer, Diana and Gavreliuc, Alin and Garðarsdóttir, Ragna B and Fülöp, Márta and Gamsakhurdia, Vladimer and Esteves, Carla Sofia and Domínguez-Espinosa, Alejandra and Denoux, Patrick and Charkviani, Salome and Baltin, Arno and Mira, Arévalo DM and Appoh, Lily and Albert, Isabelle and Akotia, Charity S and Adamovic, Mladen (2020) 'Personal Life Satisfaction as a Measure of Societal Happiness is an Individualistic Presumption: Evidence from Fifty Countries.' Journal of Happiness Studies. ISSN 1389-4978

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Abstract

Numerous studies document that societal happiness is correlated with individualism, but the nature of this phenomenon remains understudied. In the current paper, we address this gap and test the reasoning that individualism correlates with societal happiness because the most common measure of societal happiness (i.e., country-level aggregates of personal life satisfaction) is individualism-themed. With the data collected from 13,009 participants across fifty countries, we compare associations of four types of happiness (out of which three are more collectivism-themed than personal life satisfaction) with two different measures of individualism. We replicated previous findings by demonstrating that societal happiness measured as country-level aggregate of personal life satisfaction is correlated with individualism. Importantly though, we also found that the country-level aggregates of the collectivism-themed measures of happiness do not tend to be significantly correlated with individualism. Implications for happiness studies and for policy makers are signaled.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Family happiness; Interdependent happiness; Life satisfaction; Self-construals; Individualism; Collectivism; Well-being; Culture
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2020 08:27
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2020 08:27
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/28825

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