Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 197–205 | Cite as

Does subjective well-being show a relationship between parents and their children?

  • Ferran CasasEmail author
  • Germà Coenders
  • Robert A. Cummins
  • Mònica González
  • Cristina Figuer
  • Sara Malo
Research Paper


The relationship between the subjective well-being of parents and their own 12–16-year-old children was explored in a Spanish sample of N = 266 families. A positive relationship was expected due to both a shared environment and the possibility of the genetic transmission of subjective well-being ‘set-points’. A positive significant relationship was found for the summated scale of satisfaction domains forming the Personal Well-being Index, and for the specific domains of health and security for the future. However, no relationship was found for the other five domains that make up this Index or for satisfaction with life as a whole. We conclude while these results provide some evidence for the expected influence of a shared environment, they have failed to provide evidence for high heritability of set-points for subjective well-being.


Adolescents Children Well-being Life satisfaction Life domain satisfaction Family 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ferran Casas
    • 1
    Email author
  • Germà Coenders
    • 1
  • Robert A. Cummins
    • 2
  • Mònica González
    • 1
  • Cristina Figuer
    • 1
  • Sara Malo
    • 1
  1. 1.Facultat de Ciències Econòmiques i EmpresarialsInstitut de Recerca sobre Qualitat de Vida (IRQV), Universitat de GironaGironaSpain
  2. 2.Australian Center on Quality of Life, Deakin UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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