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Fragility of happiness beliefs across 15 national groups
Journal of Happiness Studies
  • Mohsen JOSHANLOO, Chungbuk National University, South Korea
  • Dan WEIJERS, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Ding Yu JIANG, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan
  • Gyuseog HAN, Chonnam National University, South Korea
  • Jaechang BAE, Chonnam National University, South Korea
  • Joyce S. PANG, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Lok Sang HO, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
  • Maria Cristina FERREIRA, Salgado de Oliveira University, Brazil
  • Melikşah DEMIR, Northern Arizona University, USA
  • Muhammad RIZWAN, University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Imran Ahmed KHILJI, University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Mustapha ACHOUI, Arab Open University, Kuwait
  • Ryosuke ASANO, Nagoya University, Japan
  • Tasuku IGARASHI, Nagoya University, Japan
  • Saori TSUKAMOTO, Nagoya University, Japan
  • Sanne M. A. LAMERS, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands
  • Yücel TURAN, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands
  • Suresh SUNDARAM, Annamalai University, Annamalainagar, India
  • Wai Lan, Vicki YEUNG, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
  • Wai Ching POON, Monash University, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Zarina Kh. LEPSHOKOVA, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia
  • Tatiana PANYUSHEVA, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia
  • Amerkhanova NATALIA, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia
Document Type
Journal article
Publication Date
7-1-2014
Keywords
  • Fragility of happiness,
  • Happiness,
  • Well-being,
  • Culture,
  • Fear of happiness
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Abstract

The belief that happiness is fragile—that it is fleeting and may easily turn into less favourable states—is common across individuals and cultures. However, not much is known about this belief domain and its structure and correlates. In the present study, we use multigroup confirmatory factor analysis and multilevel modelling to investigate the measurement invariance, cross-level isomorphism, predictive validity, and nomological network of the fragility of happiness scale across 15 nations. The results show that this scale has good statistical properties at both individual and cultural levels, and is associated with relevant psycho-social concepts in expected directions. The importance of the results, limitations, and potential directions for future research are discussed.

DOI
10.1007/s10902-014-9553-0
E-ISSN
15737780
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Joshanloo, M., Weijers, D., Jiang, D.-Y., Han, G., Bae, J., Pang, J. S, … Natalia, A. (2014). Fragility of happiness beliefs across 15 national groups. Journal of Happiness Studies. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10902-014-9553-0