Eudaimonic Well-being: A Gendered Perspective

  • Leah J. FergusonEmail author
  • Katie E. Gunnell
Part of the International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life book series (IHQL)


In this chapter we attempt to present a nuanced approach to eudaimonic wellbeing by considering it from a gendered perspective. Beginning with a discussion on two traditions of wellbeing – hedonic and eudaimonic – we briefly overview some literature on the similarities and differences for women and men on indices of wellbeing. Stemming from the position that gender differences in wellbeing are generally equivocal, we consider key methodological and philosophical issues that may enhance our knowledge on eudaimonic wellbeing from a gendered perspective. The development and validation of psychometrically sound measurement instruments – including examination of gender invariance – openness to explore eudaimonic wellbeing from a more social constructivist philosophical worldview, and embracing a fluid conceptualization of gender have merit for advancing this research area and furthering our understanding of wellbeing from a gendered perspective.


Happiness Wellbeing Eudaimonia Gender 



We would like to thank Erica V. Bennett for her guidance and insightful comments regarding the fluidity of gender when investigating well-being.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Kinesiology, University of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada
  2. 2.The Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research GroupThe Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Research InstituteOttawaCanada

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