ABSTRACT

A concise, culturally nuanced 9-item subjective well-being scale is introduced. The measure includes 3 positive and negative emotion items, respectively, representing high, medium, and low levels of arousal. Satisfaction is measured in three separate domains of life—personal, relational, and collective. This Concise Measure of Subjective Well-Being (COMOSWB) shows strong levels of reliability (internal, test-retest) and clear patterns of convergent and discriminant validity. Compared to existing measures of happiness, the COMOSWB adds interdependent aspects in measuring satisfaction and includes emotion items that are more balanced in terms of arousal level.

KEYWORD

happiness, subjective well-being, scale development, validation

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