Social Indicators Research

, Volume 44, Issue 2, pp 195–224

Happiness and Satisfaction: Measures of Affect and Cognition?

  • Karen J. Crooker
  • Janet P. Near

DOI: 10.1023/A:1006820710885

Cite this article as:
Crooker, K.J. & Near, J.P. Social Indicators Research (1998) 44: 195. doi:10.1023/A:1006820710885


Analyses of data from six national samples of adult respondents indicated that happiness could be predicted better from cognitive measures of domain satisfaction and work attitudes than from a measure of positive affect, thereby calling into question the widely accepted argument that satisfaction measures are cognitive and happiness measures affective in orientation. Perhaps distinctions between cognitive and affective measures are illusory in studies of subjective well being.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen J. Crooker
    • 1
  • Janet P. Near
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Wisconsin MilwaukeeUSA
  2. 2.Indiana UniversityUSA