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dc.contributor.authorObrien, LV
dc.contributor.authorBerry, HL
dc.contributor.authorHogan, A
dc.date.accessioned2020-12-18T03:35:01Z
dc.date.available2020-12-18T03:35:01Z
dc.date.issued2012-11-14
dc.identifierpii: 1471-2458-12-976
dc.identifier.citationObrien, L. V., Berry, H. L. & Hogan, A. (2012). The structure of psychological life satisfaction: insights from farmers and a general community sample in Australia.. BMC Public Health, 12 (1), pp.976-. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-12-976.
dc.identifier.issn1471-2458
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11343/255831
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: Psychological life satisfaction is a robust predictor of wellbeing. Public health measures to improve wellbeing would benefit from an understanding of how overall life satisfaction varies as a function of satisfaction with multiple life domains, an area that has been little explored. We examine a sample of drought-affected Australian farmers and a general community sample of Australians to investigate how domain satisfaction combines to form psychological satisfaction. In particular, we introduce a way of statistically testing for the presence of "supra-domains" of satisfaction to propose a novel way of examining the composition of psychological life satisfaction to gain insights for health promotion and policy. METHODS: Covariance between different perceptions of life domain satisfaction was identified by conducting correlation, regression, and exploratory factor analyses on responses to the Personal Wellbeing Index. Structural equations modelling was then used to (a) validate satisfaction supra-domain constructs emerging from different perceptions of life domain satisfaction, and (b) model relationships between supra-domains and an explicit measure of psychological life satisfaction. RESULTS: Perceived satisfaction with eight different life domains loaded onto a single unitary satisfaction construct adequately in each sample. However, in both samples, different domains better loaded onto two separate but correlated constructs ('supra-domains'): "satisfaction with connectedness" and "satisfaction with efficacy". Modelling reciprocal pathways between these supra-domains and an explicit measure of psychological life satisfaction revealed that efficacy mediated the link between connectedness and psychological satisfaction. CONCLUSIONS: If satisfaction with connectedness underlies satisfaction with efficacy (and thus psychological satisfaction), a novel insight for health policy emerges: psychological life satisfaction, a vital part of wellbeing, can potentially be enhanced by strengthening individuals' connectedness to community. This may be particularly important and efficacious for vulnerable populations.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLC
dc.titleThe structure of psychological life satisfaction: insights from farmers and a general community sample in Australia.
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.identifier.doi10.1186/1471-2458-12-976
melbourne.affiliation.departmentMelbourne School of Psychological Sciences
melbourne.source.titleBMC Public Health
melbourne.source.volume12
melbourne.source.issue1
melbourne.source.pages976-
dc.rights.licenseCC BY
melbourne.elementsid1310005
melbourne.openaccess.pmchttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3527324
melbourne.contributor.authorObrien, Lean
dc.identifier.eissn1471-2458
melbourne.accessrightsOpen Access


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