Comparing multiple discrepancies theory to affective models of subjective wellbeing

Blore, Jed D., Stokes, Mark A., Mellor, David, Firth, Lucy and Cummins, Robert A. (2011) Comparing multiple discrepancies theory to affective models of subjective wellbeing. Social Indicators Research, 100 1: 1-16. doi:10.1007/s11205-010-9599-2

Author Blore, Jed D.
Stokes, Mark A.
Mellor, David
Firth, Lucy
Cummins, Robert A.
Title Comparing multiple discrepancies theory to affective models of subjective wellbeing
Journal name Social Indicators Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0303-8300
Publication date 2011-01-01
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11205-010-9599-2
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 100
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Language eng
Abstract The Subjective Wellbeing (SWB) literature is replete with competing theories detailing the mechanisms underlying the construction and maintenance of SWB. The current study aimed to compare and contrast two of these approaches: multiple discrepancies theory (MDT) and an affective-cognitive theory of SWB. MDT posits SWB to be the result of perceived discrepancies between multiple standards of comparison. By contrast, affective-cognitive theory asserts that SWB is primarily influenced by trait affect, and indirectly influenced by personality and cognition through trait affect. Participants comprised 387 individuals who responded to the 5th longitudinal survey of the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index. Results of Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) indicated the poorest fit to the data for the MDT model. The affective-cognitive model also did not provide a good fit to the data. A purely affective model provided the best fit to the data, was the most parsimonious, and explained 66% of variance in SWB. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Keyword Subjective wellbeing
Multiple discrepancies theory
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 20 March 2010.

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