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Changes with Age in Subjective Well-Being Through the Adolescent Years: Differences by Gender

A one-year follow up study was conducted on a sample of 940 Spanish adolescents aged mostly from 10 to 15 in order to explore the extent to which their subjective well-being (SWB) changes from one year to the next, and whether these changes are the same for both genders regardless of the instrument used to measure SWB. Participants responded to the same four SWB scales twice, with an interval of a year in between. A decrease in the levels of SWB is identified from the years 11–12 onwards, the decrease in girls being more marked. Multiple-item, domain-based scales (Brief Multidimensional Student’s Life Satisfaction Scale and Personal Well-Being Index) are more sensitive than single-item scales (Overall Life Satisfaction and Happiness Taking into Account Overall Life) in detecting this decrease. Implications for the study of SWB are discussed from a developmental perspective

This article is based on data collected in the research project with reference number PSI2010-19404 and PSI2013-41512-P, founded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO)

© Journal of Happiness Studies, 2017, vol. 18, núm. 1, p. 63-88

Springer Verlag

Manager: Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (Espanya)
Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (Espanya)
Author: González Carrasco, Mònica
Casas Aznar, Ferran
Malo Cerrato, Sara
Viñas i Poch, Ferran
Dinisman, Tamar
Date: 2017 February 1
Abstract: A one-year follow up study was conducted on a sample of 940 Spanish adolescents aged mostly from 10 to 15 in order to explore the extent to which their subjective well-being (SWB) changes from one year to the next, and whether these changes are the same for both genders regardless of the instrument used to measure SWB. Participants responded to the same four SWB scales twice, with an interval of a year in between. A decrease in the levels of SWB is identified from the years 11–12 onwards, the decrease in girls being more marked. Multiple-item, domain-based scales (Brief Multidimensional Student’s Life Satisfaction Scale and Personal Well-Being Index) are more sensitive than single-item scales (Overall Life Satisfaction and Happiness Taking into Account Overall Life) in detecting this decrease. Implications for the study of SWB are discussed from a developmental perspective
This article is based on data collected in the research project with reference number PSI2010-19404 and PSI2013-41512-P, founded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO)
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Citation: 024967
ISSN: 1389-4978 (versió paper)
1573-7780 (versió electrònica)
Document access: http://hdl.handle.net/10256/13725
Language: eng
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Collection: MICINN/PN 2011-2013/PSI2010-19404
MINECO/PE 2014-2018/PSI2013-41512-P
Reproducció digital del document publicat a: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10902-016-9717-1
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Is part of: © Journal of Happiness Studies, 2017, vol. 18, núm. 1, p. 63-88
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Subject: Adolescents
Teenagers
Benestar
Well-being
Title: Changes with Age in Subjective Well-Being Through the Adolescent Years: Differences by Gender
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