Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 421–442 | Cite as

An Intentional Model of Emotional Well-Being: The Development and Initial Validation of a Measure of Subjective Well-Being

  • Ömer Faruk ŞimşekEmail author
Research Paper


The major problem with the current emotional well-being scales is that they lack intentionality (being about something), which makes them incongruent with the definition of subjective well-being. A new emotional well-being scale with new affect adjectives has been developed by addressing intentionality. It focuses on individuals’ affective evaluations of their life and has showed good psychometric quality. In the first and second studies, the factor structure of the scale, the Emotional Well-Being Scale, was determined by exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses. Study 3 showed that the scores on the scale were stable in time. The fourth and fifth studies indicated that this new construct did not overlap with personality dimensions of extraversion and neuroticism, with impressive predictive and incremental validity estimates.


Subjective well-being Intentionality Emotional well-being Personality Affect 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyIzmir University of EconomicsBalcovaTurkey

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