Does becoming a parent change the meaning of happiness and life satisfaction? Evidence from the European Social Survey

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Pirralha , A & Dobewall , H 2016 , Does becoming a parent change the meaning of happiness and life satisfaction? Evidence from the European Social Survey . in Proceedings of the 48th scientific meeting of the Italian Statistical Society : SIS2016 Proceedings . Universita degli Studi di Salerno , Fisciano (SA), Italy , Meetings of italian statistical society , Fisciano (SA), Italy , Italy , 08/06/2016 .

Title: Does becoming a parent change the meaning of happiness and life satisfaction? Evidence from the European Social Survey
Author: Pirralha, André; Dobewall, Henrik
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Behavioural Sciences
Publisher: Universita degli Studi di Salerno
Date: 2016-06
Language: eng
Belongs to series: Proceedings of the 48th scientific meeting of the Italian Statistical Society SIS2016 Proceedings
ISBN: 978-88-6197-061-8
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/166287
Abstract: This study aims to determine whether subjective well-being has a different psychological meaning for parents and childless respondents. We analyzed comparative data of the third round of the European Social Survey (ESS; N=10,913). After case-control matching, in line with previous work, we found that in some Eastern European countries and Ireland non-mothers report higher SWB levels than mothers. Mothers from the other countries and fathers reported higher SWB levels than non-mothers from these countries and non-fathers. However, resorting to structural equation modelling, we tested for measurement invariance across groups and no indication of differences between parents and childless respondents was found. Having established full scalar measurement invariance, it was determined that measurement is not responsible for the low SWB levels of mothers in some European countries.
Subject: 515 Psychology
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