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The Subjective Well-Being of Working Women in Europe

  • Eduardo BericatEmail author
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Part of the International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life book series (IHQL)

Abstract

In this chapter we study the subjective well-being of working women in Europe, carrying out a comparative analysis of their socioemotional well-being in different employment situations. In short, we look at the extent to which different employment situations affect the quality of life of working women, based on their own subjective emotional evaluation – for example, the extent to which specific employment situations make women feel happier or enjoy life more; feel sadder, alone or depressed; feel more optimistic and proud of themselves; or feel more relaxed and rested. To study the impact that different employment situations have on the subjective well-being of working women we have used data from a special module on Personal and Social Well-Being introduced in the third wave of the European Social Survey. With this data we have created a multi-dimensional and synthetic model to measure the subjective well-being of those surveyed. The Socioemotional Well-Being Index (SEWBI) is composed of 4 dimensions and 10 emotional states. The analysis is from a gender perspective, establishing relative comparisons between the respective variations in socioemotional well-being that women and men experience when we compare different employment situations.

Keywords

Subjective well-being Socioemotional well-being Quality of life Gender inequality Working women Working conditions Life satisfaction Happiness Europe 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of SevilleSevilleSpain

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