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Citation Classics from Social Indicators ResearchTop-Down Versus Bottom-Up Theories of Subjective Well-Being

Citation Classics from Social Indicators Research: Top-Down Versus Bottom-Up Theories of... [This paper addresses issues of causal direction in research on subjective well-being (SWB). Previous researchers have generally assumed that such variables as domain satisfactions, social support, life events, and levels of expectation and aspiration are causes of SWB. Critics have pointed out that they could just as well be consequences (Costa and McCrae, 1980; Veenhoven, 1988). In some contexts this has been referred to as the top-down versus bottom-up controversy (Diener, 1984). The main purpose is to propose a general statistical model which holds promise of resolving this controversy. The model can be used when three or more waves of panel data are available. It is used here to assess causal direction between six domain satisfactions (marriage, work, leisure, standard of living, friendship and health) and SWB. Data are drawn from four waves of an Australian Quality of Life panel survey (1981–1987) with an initial sample size of 942.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Citation Classics from Social Indicators ResearchTop-Down Versus Bottom-Up Theories of Subjective Well-Being

Part of the Social Indicators Research Series Book Series (volume 26)
Editors: Michalos, Alex C.

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Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright
© Springer 2005
ISBN
978-1-4020-3722-1
Pages
401 –420
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-3742-2_15
Publisher site
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Abstract

[This paper addresses issues of causal direction in research on subjective well-being (SWB). Previous researchers have generally assumed that such variables as domain satisfactions, social support, life events, and levels of expectation and aspiration are causes of SWB. Critics have pointed out that they could just as well be consequences (Costa and McCrae, 1980; Veenhoven, 1988). In some contexts this has been referred to as the top-down versus bottom-up controversy (Diener, 1984). The main purpose is to propose a general statistical model which holds promise of resolving this controversy. The model can be used when three or more waves of panel data are available. It is used here to assess causal direction between six domain satisfactions (marriage, work, leisure, standard of living, friendship and health) and SWB. Data are drawn from four waves of an Australian Quality of Life panel survey (1981–1987) with an initial sample size of 942.]

Published: May 22, 1990

Keywords: Life Satisfaction; Causal Direction; Domain Satisfaction; Social Indicator Research; Autocorrelated Error

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