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Psychometric evaluation of the Tagalog and German subjective happiness scales and a cross-cultural comparison

Swami, Viren and Stieger, Stefan and Voracek, Martin and Dressler, Stefan G. and Eisma, Laura and Furnham, Adrian (2009) Psychometric evaluation of the Tagalog and German subjective happiness scales and a cross-cultural comparison. Social Indicators Research, 93 (2). pp. 393-406. ISSN 0303-8300

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11205-008-9331-7

Abstract

The Subjective Happiness Scale (SHS) has recently been developed as a more complete measure for the assessment of molar subjective happiness. In the present study, we report on the translation and validation of German and Tagalog versions of the SHS and conduct an initial cross-cultural examination of subjective happiness. In Study 1, 960 participants in Austria completed a German version of the SHS, which showed a unidimensional structure, good internal consistency, and good convergent validity with other measures of subjective well-being. In Study 2, 182 participants in the Philippines completed a Tagalog version of the scale, which likewise had a unidimensional structure, high internal consistency, and good convergent validity. Finally, the results of Study 3 indicate that there were significant cross-cultural differences in subjective happiness. Specifically, participants in individualist Austria and Britain had higher SHS scores than their counterparts in collectivist Malaysia and the Philippines. Limitations of these studies are discussed.

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Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
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