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The Harmony in Life Scale Complements the Satisfaction with Life Scale: Expanding the Conceptualization of the Cognitive Component of Subjective Well-Being

Kjell, Oscar LU ; Daukantaité, Daiva LU ; Hefferon, Kate and Sikström, Sverker LU (2015) In Social Indicators Research
Abstract
Conceptually, the Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS; Diener et al. in J Pers Assess 49(1):71–75, 1985) emphasizes evaluations comparing actual and expected life circumstances. Contrastingly we developed the Harmony in Life Scale (HILS) emphasiz-ing psychological balance and flexibility in life. Study 1 (476 participants) developed the HILS. In Study 2 participants (N = 787, T1; N = 545, T2) answered well-being related questionnaires and generated words/texts related to HIL/SWL. The HILS yields satisfac-tory statistical properties, correlates as expected to well-being related scales, whilst HIL/ SWL form a two-factor model. Hierarchical regressions reveal that HILS explains con-siderably more unique variance than SWLS in most included... (More)
Conceptually, the Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS; Diener et al. in J Pers Assess 49(1):71–75, 1985) emphasizes evaluations comparing actual and expected life circumstances. Contrastingly we developed the Harmony in Life Scale (HILS) emphasiz-ing psychological balance and flexibility in life. Study 1 (476 participants) developed the HILS. In Study 2 participants (N = 787, T1; N = 545, T2) answered well-being related questionnaires and generated words/texts related to HIL/SWL. The HILS yields satisfac-tory statistical properties, correlates as expected to well-being related scales, whilst HIL/ SWL form a two-factor model. Hierarchical regressions reveal that HILS explains con-siderably more unique variance than SWLS in most included measures. Quantitative se-mantic analyses (employing latent semantic analyses) on words related to HIL/SWL reveal that they differ significantly in their semantic content. Word frequency analyses show that harmony significantly relate to peace, balance, etc. and satisfaction with job, money, etc. The HILS demonstrates validity, reliability, and uniqueness complementing the SWLS in forming a more holistic understanding of subjective well-being. (Less)
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Harmony in life, Satisfaction with life, Happiness, Subjective well-being, Sustainable well-being, Latent semantic analyses
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  abstract     = {Conceptually, the Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS; Diener et al. in J Pers Assess 49(1):71–75, 1985) emphasizes evaluations comparing actual and expected life circumstances. Contrastingly we developed the Harmony in Life Scale (HILS) emphasiz-ing psychological balance and flexibility in life. Study 1 (476 participants) developed the HILS. In Study 2 participants (N = 787, T1; N = 545, T2) answered well-being related questionnaires and generated words/texts related to HIL/SWL. The HILS yields satisfac-tory statistical properties, correlates as expected to well-being related scales, whilst HIL/ SWL form a two-factor model. Hierarchical regressions reveal that HILS explains con-siderably more unique variance than SWLS in most included measures. Quantitative se-mantic analyses (employing latent semantic analyses) on words related to HIL/SWL reveal that they differ significantly in their semantic content. Word frequency analyses show that harmony significantly relate to peace, balance, etc. and satisfaction with job, money, etc. The HILS demonstrates validity, reliability, and uniqueness complementing the SWLS in forming a more holistic understanding of subjective well-being.},
  author       = {Kjell, Oscar and Daukantaité, Daiva and Hefferon, Kate and Sikström, Sverker},
  issn         = {0303-8300},
  keyword      = {Harmony in life,Satisfaction with life,Happiness,Subjective well-being,Sustainable well-being,Latent semantic analyses},
  language     = {eng},
  publisher    = {Springer},
  series       = {Social Indicators Research},
  title        = {The Harmony in Life Scale Complements the Satisfaction with Life Scale: Expanding the Conceptualization of the Cognitive Component of Subjective Well-Being},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11205-015-0903-z},
  year         = {2015},
}