Cross-cultural differences in subjective well-being: Mexico and Spain.

  • Mónica Carballeira Universidad de La Laguna
  • José-Ángel González Universidad de San Luis Potosí (México)
  • Rosario J. Marrero
Keywords: Subjective well-being, individualism, collectivism, life satisfaction, emotions, happiness

Abstract

The objective of this study was to analyse the differences in subjective well-being in 346 undergraduate students, from two cultures: one collectivist (Mexico) and one individualist (Spain). Global Subjective Well-being was assessed through the Satisfaction with Life Scale, the Subjective Happiness Scale, the PANAS scales, and also the satisfaction with four specific life domains: affective relations, studies, health and leisure were considered. The analyses have shown higher levels in all the indicators of subjective well-being for Mexican students. The regression analyses revealed the importance of sentimental and studies satisfaction for happiness and life satisfaction in both cultures. Also, health satisfaction for Mexicans, and leisure satisfaction for Spanish influenced global measures of subjective well-being. The findings supported the differential effect of culture on subjective well-being, especially in its prediction through the satisfaction with certain specific life domains

Author Biography

Mónica Carballeira, Universidad de La Laguna
La primera y tercera autoras son Doctoras y Profesoras Titulares del Dpto. de Personalidad, Evaluación y Tratamientos Psicológicos de la Facultad de Psicología en la Universidad de La Laguna. Imparten docencia en dicha facultad (Grado y Master de Psicología Clínica y de la Salud) y llevan investigando desde hace 20 años en distintos campos: Psicología Oncológica, Estrés y Salud, Violencia de Género y últimamente en Psicología Positiva. Recientemente llevamos a cabo contacto con un profesional docente (2º autor) de la UNAM (México) a partir del cual ha salido el trabajo que aquí presentamos.
Published
25-12-2014
How to Cite
Carballeira, M., González, J.- Ángel, & Marrero, R. J. (2014). Cross-cultural differences in subjective well-being: Mexico and Spain. Anales De Psicología / Annals of Psychology, 31(1), 199-206. https://doi.org/10.6018/analesps.31.1.166931
Section
Social and Organizational Psychology

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