General Subjective Wellbeing and Its Sub-Dimensions: How Are They Interconnected?

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 15:30-17:20
RC55 Social Indicators (host committee)

Language: English

Wellbeing is divided into two main components: the objective living conditions and the subjective wellbeing. Actual research on subjective wellbeing is dominated by hedonic or eudemonic approach (compared to the cognitive approach). It is now well-known that objective measures, such as income or level of education, are not enough to judge the success of a society, and researchers were encouraged to go further. There is now an important literature on the general wellbeing and on its sub-dimensions. However, there is a lack on research analyzing the interconnections between those sub-dimensions.


It is in fact important to provide a multifaceted picture of well-being to better understand how it is constructed. The interconnections between the level of satisfaction of several dimensions such as family, work, work-life balance, leisure, environment, housing, income, health, safety, community, education and civic engagement, depict the general subjective wellbeing. But, as not everyone is equal, and some people may encounter various areas of vulnerability across life domains, the analyses of these sub-dimensions are determinant to better understand and to capture the hinders that may arise for certain groups of the population.


This session aims first to debate on the interconnections of the sub-dimensions of subjective wellbeing and second to discuss the general wellbeing as well as its sub-dimensions for specific vulnerable groups of the population (such as those living in a precarious situation, those vulnerable to poverty, migrants, etc.).

Session Organizer:
Jehane SIMONA-MOUSSA, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Jehane SIMONA-MOUSSA, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Oral Presentations
Being Poor & Feeling Rich? Income Positions between Perception and Reality in Europe
Bettina ISENGARD, University of Zurich, Switzerland; Ronny KOENIG, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Happiness, Life Satisfaction, and Social Network in Korea and China
Joonmo SON, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Wellbeing and Housing Stability
Katie MACDONALD, Capital Region Housing, Canada
Life Satisfaction and Its Changing Sub-Dimensions of Family Caregivers over Time
Regina GERLICH, Careum Foundation - Careum Research, Switzerland
Distributed Papers
The Social Production Function Theory for the Analysis of Subjective Well Being
Agnetha SCHUCHARDT, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
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