Papaiakovou Ioannis


Background: Subjective well-being, as individuals’ cognitive and affective evaluations of their satisfaction with life, depends on a wide range of factors, the importance of which is yet to be explored. Aim: This paper investigates the importance attributed by individuals for evaluating their subjective well-being in terms of five demographic (gender, age, family status, education, income) and five life domain factors (life and environment quality, health, job status, free time, social and institutional environment). Methodology: A quantitative research was conducted via a questionnaire distributed to 1,017 individuals, addressing the most important life domains affecting subjective well-being, including demographic variables. Results: All five life domain factors are considered as important for individuals’ subjective well-being, although the level of importance attributed differs according to their demographic profile. Education and income have a positive and strong relationship with subjective well-being. Discussion: According to existing literature, demographic factors affect subjective well-being; and moreover, this study suggests that the importance of various life domains for individuals’ subjective well-being depends on their demographic profile, with education and income playing a major role on life evaluation.


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