Chin, Weng Tong (2016-12). The Framework of Subjective Well-being based on Subjective Experiences and Other Factors: An Analysis of Structural Equation Model. Master's Thesis. Thesis uri icon

abstract

  • The present paper discussed the importance of various types of subjective experiences, especially under the educational setting. The concept of subjective well-being (SWB) and related fields have been studied for decades. Despite the emergence of various definitions of SWB, a universal and concrete framework of the SWB has not yet been developed. The purpose of this study is to develop an operational framework of SWB with the use of a dataset collected from Macau containing 2,327 high school students. The students filled out a questionnaire with SWB related items and other variables. An 8-factor SWB model was proposed and the eight factors included pleasant and unpleasant affect, and general life satisfaction with 4 particular domains of satisfaction relating to the educational setting. These 4 domains of satisfaction were self, health, family, and school. The result in general supported the proposed SWB framework. The comparisons of the SWB factor models were made between different demographic groups to examine the potential group differences. There were non-significant correlation estimations between pleasant and unpleasant affect in the groups of male and senior students. This finding contradicted to previous studies and suggested that the cultural values might take place in the effects of gender and other relevant demographic variables on SWB. The implications of the findings and the limitations of this study were discussed in the content.
  • The present paper discussed the importance of various types of subjective experiences, especially under the educational setting. The concept of subjective well-being (SWB) and related fields have been studied for decades. Despite the emergence of various definitions of SWB, a universal and concrete framework of the SWB has not yet been developed. The purpose of this study is to develop an operational framework of SWB with the use of a dataset collected from Macau containing 2,327 high school students. The students filled out a questionnaire with SWB related items and other variables. An 8-factor SWB model was proposed and the eight factors included pleasant and unpleasant affect, and general life satisfaction with 4 particular domains of satisfaction relating to the educational setting. These 4 domains of satisfaction were self, health, family, and school.

    The result in general supported the proposed SWB framework. The comparisons of the SWB factor models were made between different demographic groups to examine the potential group differences. There were non-significant correlation estimations between pleasant and unpleasant affect in the groups of male and senior students. This finding contradicted to previous studies and suggested that the cultural values might take place in the effects of gender and other relevant demographic variables on SWB. The implications of the findings and the limitations of this study were discussed in the content.

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publication date

  • December 2016