The development of a new multi-faceted model of social wellbeing: does income level make a difference?

Povey, Jenny, Boreham, Paul and Tomaszewski, Wojtek (2016) The development of a new multi-faceted model of social wellbeing: does income level make a difference?. Journal of Sociology, 52 2: 155-172. doi:10.1177/1440783313507491


Author Povey, Jenny
Boreham, Paul
Tomaszewski, Wojtek
Title The development of a new multi-faceted model of social wellbeing: does income level make a difference?
Journal name Journal of Sociology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-7833
1741-2978
Publication date 2016-06
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1440783313507491
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 52
Issue 2
Start page 155
End page 172
Total pages 18
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract Recent research has suggested that income, while playing a part in quality of life, may have only a limited impact on a multi-faceted concept such as social wellbeing. Using data from an Australian household survey (Living in Queensland Survey), a composite Wellbeing Index was created that covered objective circumstances, with known associations to wellbeing, evaluated from the individual’s subjective viewpoint. The importance attributed to each dimension added to the robustness of the measure. The measure was then used to explore the impact of income on wellbeing using various specifications of income. The results indicate that while income is a statistically significant predictor, its effect on wellbeing is small compared with other socio-demographic variables such as health, marital status, employment status and age. The study contributes to the contemporary debate on social wellbeing and adds new evidence to a body of research that has been mainly based on European and American data.
Keyword Income
Quality of life
Social inequality
Social wellbeing
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
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