The more negative the more impact : evidence from nationally representative data on the relation between domain satisfactions and general life satisfaction

Engel, Julia ; Bless, Herbert

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Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2017
The title of a journal, publication series: Social Psychology
Volume: 48
Issue number: 3
Page range: 148-159
Place of publication: Bern ; Göttingen [u.a.]
Publishing house: Hogrefe & Huber
ISSN: 1864-9335 , 2151-2590
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department A
Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences- CDSS (Social Sciences)
School of Social Sciences > Mikrosoziologie u. Sozialpsychologie (Bless)
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Abstract: The present research investigates the relation between different domain satisfactions (e.g., health, income, etc.) and overall life satisfaction. Based on theorizing on the differences between positive and negative information, we assumed that specific domain satisfactions particularly are correlated with overall life satisfaction when the specific domain satisfactions (a) are low rather than high and (b) have declined rather than increased. Relying on a nationally representative sample of the German population (Socio-Economic Panel), we tested these considerations with both a cross-sectional and a longitudinal design. The findings strongly support that the more negative the domain satisfaction the more pronounced was the relation between domain and overall life satisfaction – both when negativity was assessed relative to other domains as well as when negativity was assessed relative to prior satisfaction with the same domain.

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