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Measuring and interpreting subjective wellbeing in different cultural contexts : a review and way forward

Author: Robert A Cummins
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Series: Cambridge elements.; Elements in psychology and culture
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The scientific study of 'wellbeing' involves both objective and subjective variables. While objective wellbeing can be simply measured as tangible aspects of the living environment, measuring subjective wellbeing involves quantifying self-reported feelings. Although reliable and valid measures can be achieved, in a cross-cultural context differences in language and culture present formidable challenges to  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert A Cummins
ISBN: 9781108685580 1108685587
OCLC Number: 1060942949
Notes: Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 29 May 2018).
Description: 1 online resource (81 pages) : PDF file(s).
Series Title: Cambridge elements.; Elements in psychology and culture
Responsibility: Robert A. Cummins.

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The scientific study of 'wellbeing' involves both objective and subjective variables. While objective wellbeing can be simply measured as tangible aspects of the living environment, measuring subjective wellbeing involves quantifying self-reported feelings. Although reliable and valid measures can be achieved, in a cross-cultural context differences in language and culture present formidable challenges to measurement comparability. This Element begins by describing the behaviour of subjective wellbeing in single cultures, using the theory of homeostasis. Robert A. Cummins then discusses cross-cultural differences in subjective wellbeing, with a focus on measurement invariance as a means of ensuring the validity of comparative results. Cummins proposes that the major barrier to creating such comparability of measurement is a pervasive response bias that differs between cultures. He concludes that current instruments are inadequate to provide valid cross-cultural measures of subjective wellbeing, and that suitable measures may be created as short forms of current scales.

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