On the Content of “Happiness” Across Cultures. A Measurement Invariance Study of Quality of Life Measures

Peter Theuns, Mehrdad Mazaheri, Frederik Van Acker, Olivier Mairesse, Joeri Hofmans, Habib Tiliouine, Jean Bernheim

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Abstract

ON THE CONTENT OF HAPPINESS ACROSS CULTURES. A MEASUREMENT INVARIANCE STUDY OF QUALITY OF LIFE MEASURES.

Peter Theuns
Joeri Hofmans
Frederik Van Acker
Olivier Mairesse
Mehrdad Mazaheri
Lydia Castiglione
Jan L. Bernheim

Abstract
Previous findings have shown that happiness may cover different contents in different populations, thereby questioning the possibility to compare Quality of Life measures across cultures. In order to investigate this further, an international study was set up in which several widely used QOL measures are administered to samples of people that are similar in many respects (age, education etc.), but live in different cultures (University students in Belgium versus Iran ; Belgian people with different religions, etc.), comprising over 1600 individuals. The data-analysis in this study focuses on possible differences in relationships between the overt responses (the ratings) and the latent construct Happiness across groups of people with different cultural backgrounds.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication8th Conference of the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS)
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventFinds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 21 Sep 200925 Sep 2009

Conference

ConferenceFinds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet
CountrySweden
CityStockholm
Period21/09/0925/09/09

Keywords

  • Quality of Life
  • Measurement invariance

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