Social Indicators Research

, 94:363

Self-Informant Agreement in Well-Being Ratings: A Meta-Analysis


DOI: 10.1007/s11205-009-9440-y

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Schneider, L. & Schimmack, U. Soc Indic Res (2009) 94: 363. doi:10.1007/s11205-009-9440-y


A meta-analysis of published studies that reported correlations between self-ratings and informant ratings of well-being (life-satisfaction, happiness, positive affect, negative affect) was performed. The average self-informant correlation based on 44 independent samples and 81 correlations for a total of 8,897 participants was r = 0.42 [99% credibility interval = 0.39|0.45]. Statistically reliable moderators of agreement were construct (life-satisfaction = happiness > positive affect > negative affect), age of the target participant (older > younger), number of informants (multiple > single), and number of items in the measure (multiple > single). The implications for the validity of self-ratings of well-being as indicators of well-being are discussed.


Well being Positive affect Negative affect Life satisfaction Happiness Self-rating Informant rating Validity Measurement 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Toronto MississaugaMississaugaCanada