Applied Research in Quality of Life

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 49–62 | Cite as

Influences of Affect Associated with Routine Out-of-Home Activities on Subjective Well-Being

  • Cecilia Jakobsson Bergstad
  • Amelie Gamble
  • Olle Hagman
  • Merritt Polk
  • Tommy Gärling
  • Dick Ettema
  • Margareta Friman
  • Lars E. Olsson
Article

Abstract

A survey of a random sample of 1,330 Swedish residents assessed the relationships between affect associated with performance of routine out-of-home activities, mood, and judgments of life satisfaction (cognitive subjective wellbeing, CSWB). Regression analyses showed that sociodemographic variables accounted for most variance in CSWB (7%) and least in mood (2%). In agreement with previous research, CSWB increased with income, employment, and cohabiting with a spouse, and had a U-formed relationship with age. Affect associated with routine activities accounted for more variance than the socio-demographic variables in mood (30%) and in CSWB (13%). Mood partially mediated the effect on CSWB of affect associated with the activities. The results suggest that future policy-related research should consider the possibility that community-provided resources that facilitate performance of routine out-of-home activities would increase life satisfaction.

Keywords

Subjective wellbeing Mood Routine out-of-home activities Swedish residents 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cecilia Jakobsson Bergstad
    • 1
  • Amelie Gamble
    • 1
  • Olle Hagman
    • 1
  • Merritt Polk
    • 1
  • Tommy Gärling
    • 1
  • Dick Ettema
    • 2
  • Margareta Friman
    • 3
  • Lars E. Olsson
    • 3
  1. 1.University of GothenburgGöteborgSweden
  2. 2.Utrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Karlstad UniversityKarlstadSweden

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