Contemporary approaches to the affective examination of well-being

Mentus, Vladimir and Mentus-Kandić, Tatjana (2020) Contemporary approaches to the affective examination of well-being. Kultura (166). pp. 271-286. ISSN 0023-5164 eISSN 2406-0372

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In this paper, the issues of examining affective well-being in contemporary social research are presented. Affective well-being may be defined as a balance between experienced positive and negative affects. In the first part of the paper, findings on the nature of affects, their mutual association and some cognitive biases related to self assessment of affective experience are presented. Then, the most commonly used measurement methods are chronologically presented and the advantages and disadvantages of each are highlighted. These include measurement instruments containing only one or more items, instruments for measuring the intensity as well as the frequency and the duration of affective experience, instruments based on self-assessments as well as assessments of other people, and subjective as well as some objective measuring instruments. Also, some cases are presented of extensive international researches involving affective well being measurements on nationally representative samples. In the final part, some recommendations for further research as well as concluding considerations are derived.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: validity, reliability, positive affect, negative affect, validnost, pouzdanost, merenje, afektivno blagostanje, pozitivan afekat, negativan afekat.
Institutional centre: Centre for sociological research and anthropological research
Depositing User: Vesna Jovanović
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2022 21:27
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2022 21:27

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