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Subjective well-being, personality and environmental satisfaction in Urban China

By Qing-guo Zhai, Robert O'Shea, Mike Willis and Yu-wen Yang


The aim of this study is to examine the influence of environmental satisfaction, job satisfaction, and Big Five personality traits on subjective well-being. Data were collected from white-collar workers across four Chinese cities in 2009. All the research variables were measured with multi-item instruments with good psychometric properties. The research found that environmental satisfaction, job satisfaction, conscientiousness and extraversion have a positive effect on subjective well-being. In addition, individuals married, managers and working in state sector were found to be happier in their lives than individuals who are single, in non-managerial position and in private sector. However, the research found no relationship between neuroticism, agreeableness and subjective well-being. The finding of a positive relationship between environmental satisfaction and subjective well-being suggests that by pursuing a balance between economic development and environmental protection, urban residents' SWB could be enhanced

Topics: Personnel, Psychology, Socio-economic effects, Statistical analysis, Subjective well-being
Publisher: Monash University
Year: 2010
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