Social Indicators Research

, Volume 105, Issue 3, pp 569–580 | Cite as

Subjective Well-Being Structure: Confirmatory Factor Analysis in a Teachers’ Portuguese Sample

  • Isabel AlbuquerqueEmail author
  • Margarida Pedroso de Lima
  • Cláudia Figueiredo
  • Marcela Matos


Authors consider that subjective well-being is a theoretical construct that includes three components: life satisfaction, positive affect and negative affect. Despite the numerous studies already conducted, divergences remain concerning how to conceptualize these components within a global structure of subjective well-being. This study aims to examine the dimensionality of the subjective well-being construct. A set of self-report questionnaires was used to assess life satisfaction, positive and negative affect in 397 teachers of primary and high schools. A model of a tripartite structure was tested using a confirmatory factor analysis. The results corroborate the premise that subjective well-being is a multidimensional construct that incorporates three components: life satisfaction, positive affect and negative affect. Our findings reinforce the viewpoint that these three components are moderately correlated and relatively independent and also strengthen the need for a complete SWB assessment that includes adequate measures of all three components.


Subjective well-being structure Satisfaction with life Positive affect Negative affect Confirmatory factor analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Isabel Albuquerque
    • 1
    Email author
  • Margarida Pedroso de Lima
    • 1
  • Cláudia Figueiredo
    • 1
  • Marcela Matos
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Psychology and Educational SciencesUniversity of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal
  2. 2.Cognitive and Behavioral Research Centre (CINEICC)University of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal

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