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Cross-cultural validation of fear of happiness scale across 14 national groups
Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Mohsen JOSHANLOO, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Zarina Kh. LEPSHOKOVA, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia
  • Tatiana PANYUSHEVA, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia
  • Amerkhanova NATALIA, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia
  • Wai Ching POON, Monash University, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Wai Lan, Vicki YEUNG, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
  • Suresh SUNDARAM, Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Mustapha ACHOUI, Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Ryosuke ASANO, Nagoya University, Japan
  • Tasuku IGARASHI, Nagoya University, Japan
  • Saori TSUKAMOTO, Nagoya University, Japan
  • Muhammad RIZWAN, University of Karachi, Pakistan
  • Imran Ahmed KHILJI, University of Karachi, Pakistan
  • Maria Cristina FERREIRA, Salgado de Oliveira University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Joyce S. PANG, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Lok Sang HO, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
  • Gyuseog HAN, Chonnam National University, Gwangju, South Korea
  • Jaechang BAE, Chonnam National University, Gwangju, South Korea
  • Ding-Yu JIANG, National Chung Cheng University, Chia-Yi, Taiwan
Document Type
Journal article
Publication Date
2-1-2014
Keywords
  • fear of happiness,
  • subjective well-being,
  • happiness,
  • emotion,
  • cross-cultural,
  • religion
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Abstract
A survey of the cultural notions related to happiness and the existing empirical evidence indicate that some individuals endorse the belief that happiness, particularly an immoderate degree of it, should be avoided. These beliefs mainly involve the general notion that happiness may lead to bad things happening. Using multigroup confirmatory factor analysis and multilevel modeling, this study investigates the measurement invariance, cross-level isomorphism, predictive validity, and nomological network of the fear of happiness scale across 14 nations. The results show that this scale has good statistical properties at both individual and cultural levels. The findings also indicate that this scale has the potential to add to the knowledge about how people conceive of, and experience, happiness across cultures.
DOI
10.1177/0022022113505357
E-ISSN
15525422
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Joshanloo, M., Lepshokova, Z. K., Panyusheva, T., Natalia, A., Poon, W.-C., Yeung, V. W.-l,… Jiang, D.-Y. (2014). Cross-cultural validation of fear of happiness scale across 14 national groups. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 45(2), 246-264. doi: 10.1177/0022022113505357