The University of Arizona

An Expanded Life Satisfaction Model: A Component of Subjective Well-Being

Karen H Larwin, Milton E Harvey, Stavros T Constantinou


The current investigation uses latent variable modeling to investigate Subjective Well-Being (SWB).  Previous research has suggested that Subjective Well-Being is made up of a tripartite model consisting of life satisfaction, positive affect, and negative affect. However, recently, extant research has suggested that the tripartite model of SWB comes short of considering nuances of SWB, specifically relationship outcomes and general life challenges. This investigation presents multiple hierarchical models of SWB, including a third-order factor structure of SWB to explain satisfaction with life, subjective happiness, resiliency, and assessment of the relationship.


Subjective Well-Being; Satisfaction with Life Scale; Subjective Happiness Scale; Brief Resiliency Scale; Relationship Assessment Scale

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