Social Indicators Research

, Volume 109, Issue 2, pp 223–242 | Cite as

Filtered Life Satisfaction and Its Socioeconomic Determinants in Hong Kong

  • Chau-kiu CheungEmail author
  • Raymond Man-hung Ngan


Filtering the measure of life satisfaction through the bias of social desirability and response styles would furnish an adequate analysis of socioeconomic impacts on the filtered life satisfaction. The filtering is necessary because social desirability and the response styles of acquiescence, extremity, and centrality are likely to contaminate the measure of life satisfaction. Based on survey data from 1,993 Hong Kong Chinese adults, the study applied the filtering on the Personal Wellbeing Index to obtain filtered life satisfaction. Results indicated the bias of social desirability and response styles to justify the filtering. They further manifested that socioeconomic impacts on filtered life satisfaction were somewhat different from those on unfiltered life satisfaction. Some of the impacts on unfiltered life satisfaction were attributable to the contamination of life satisfaction by social desirability. Eventually, family income per capita appeared to contribute to filtered life satisfaction; and education and receiving public benefits tended to diminish the satisfaction. The results imply that while the availability of resources explains some of the findings, it does not provide the only or dominant explanation.


Well-being Life satisfaction Social desirability Acquiescence Response style 



The paper evolves from a research grant provided by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong (#9610148).


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  1. 1.Department of Applied Social StudiesCity University of Hong KongKowloon TongChina

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