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Does Material Well-Being Affect Non-Material Well-Being?

  • Abbott L. Ferriss
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Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 17)

Abstract

Twelve measures of material well-being in the U.S. States were subjected to factor analysis. Four factors emerged: Security, Mastery, Harmony and Autonomy. Five self-reported measures of stress, mental health and general health are regressed upon the four quality of life measures. Only Harmony proved to be significantly associated with the stress-health factors. The elements of Harmony are shown to have a reasonable causative linkage to the stress-health factors. For another demonstration, money income of a representative sample of the U.S. population is shown to be associated with self-reported happiness, but with variation, enabling a classification of the population as to its Well-Being, Dissonance, Adaptation or Deprivation in the income-happiness relationship. Material well-being, thus, is shown to be linked to non-material, self-reported stress and health conditions.

Keywords

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System General Social Survey Social Indicator Research Money Income Ecological Correlation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abbott L. Ferriss
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  1. 1.Emory UniversityAtlantaUSA

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