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A Comparison of Effects of Personal and Occupational Networks on Overall and Domain Specific Happiness

By .. Tanveer Reza Rouf


Data from the 2007 wave of the Survey of the Social Networks of the Dutch (SSND) is used in this article to compare the effects of size, ego-alter closeness and heterogeneity of the personal and occupational networks on overall, average, personal and functional domain happiness. Findings suggest that the ego-alter closeness of the occupational network increases overall, average and personal domain happiness. The heterogeneity of the occupational network increases overall and personal domain happiness. Contrary to the expectations, the size of the occupational network reduces overall and personal domain happiness. And, the size of the personal network increases personal domain happiness. However, none of the network characteristics have an effect on happiness in the functional domain. These results imply that network characteristics have different effects on happiness when operating in the personal and occupational networks and these differences are not the same over diverse dimensions of happiness. Additional analyses indicate that these results are methodologically robust and not due to certain sample characteristics

Topics: Sociale Wetenschappen, Overall happiness, domain specific happiness, size, ego-alter closeness, aggregate heterogeneity, personal network, occupational network, SSND.
Year: 2010
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