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Psychometric Evaluation of a Serbian Version of the Subjective Happiness Scale

Abstract

The main aim of this research was to examine the psychometric properties of the Subjective Happiness Scale (SHS; Lyubomirsky and Lepper in Soc Indic Res 46:137–155, 1999) in a sample of young adults in Serbia (N = 605, mean age = 21.99). The SHS demonstrated adequate internal consistency reliability and homogeneity. Exploratory and Confirmatory factor analyses supported the unidimensional structure of the SHS. The results provided support for the convergent validity of the SHS, by significant correlations with measures of subjective well-being (life satisfaction, positive and negative affect, emotional distress), positive expectations (optimism and self-efficacy), meaning in life and personality traits (extraversion and neuroticism). As compared to the Satisfaction with Life Scale, the SHS showed significantly higher correlations with measures of emotional states and personality traits. Hierarchical regression analyses showed that the SHS had incremental validity over and above subjective well-being and personality traits in predicting emotional distress and meaning in life.

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This work was supported by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia (Grant No. 179006).

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Correspondence to Veljko Jovanović.

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Jovanović, V. Psychometric Evaluation of a Serbian Version of the Subjective Happiness Scale. Soc Indic Res 119, 1095–1104 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11205-013-0522-5

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Keywords

  • Subjective happiness
  • Subjective well-being
  • Reliability
  • Convergent validity
  • Incremental validity