Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 59–80

Predicting Psychological and Subjective Well-Being from Personality: Incremental Prediction from 30 Facets Over the Big 5

Research Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10902-014-9583-7

Cite this article as:
Anglim, J. & Grant, S. J Happiness Stud (2016) 17: 59. doi:10.1007/s10902-014-9583-7


This study investigated the relationship between the Big 5, measured at factor and facet levels, and dimensions of both psychological and subjective well-being. Three hundred and thirty-seven participants completed the 30 Facet International Personality Item Pool Scale, Satisfaction with Life Scale, Positive and Negative Affectivity Schedule, and Ryff’s Scales of Psychological Well-Being. Cross-correlation decomposition presented a parsimonious picture of how well-being is related to personality factors. Incremental facet prediction was examined using double-adjusted r2 confidence intervals and semi-partial correlations. Incremental prediction by facets over factors ranged from almost nothing to a third more variance explained, suggesting a more modest incremental prediction than presented in the literature previously. Examination of semi-partial correlations controlling for factors revealed a small number of important facet-well-being correlations. All data and R analysis scripts are made available in an online repository.


Subjective well-being Psychological well-being Personality Big 5 Personality facets 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of PsychologyDeakin UniversityBurwoodAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of Health, Arts and DesignSwinburne University of TechnologyMelbourneAustralia

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