Applied Research in Quality of Life

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 185–204 | Cite as

Gender Differences in the Relationship Between Domain-Specific and General Life Satisfaction: A Study in Iran and Serbia

  • Veljko JovanovićEmail author
  • Mohsen Joshanloo
  • Dragan Đunda
  • Ali Bakhshi


Although the associations between satisfaction with life domains (DS) and global life satisfaction (GLS) are well-documented, the roles of culture and gender in this relationship remain largely unknown. The main aim of the present study was to examine the relationships between DS and GLS among women and men in Iran and Serbia, after establishing measurement invariance across groups. In addition, we investigated gender and country differences in DS and GLS. The sample was comprised of 623 undergraduate students from Iran and Serbia. Participants completed measures of GLS and satisfaction with the following seven domains: standard of living, health, achieving in life, relationships, safety, community-connectedness, and future security. Satisfaction with achieving in life and standard of living had similar unique contributions to GLS among Iranian women and men, whereas satisfaction with achieving in life was a stronger predictor of GLS than satisfaction with standard of living among Serbian women and men. These two domains were the only significant predictors of GLS in Serbian women and men, whereas gender-specific predictors of GLS were found in Iran. The results demonstrated that students in Serbia reported higher GLS and DS than Iranian students. Furthermore, we found that women reported higher GLS and DS than men did, with the exception of satisfaction with standard of living for which no significant gender differences were found. The present study provides new insights into the role of gender in the relationship between DS and GLS across cultures.


Life satisfaction Domain satisfaction Gender Culture Measurement invariance 



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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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Veljko Jovanović
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mohsen Joshanloo
    • 2
  • Dragan Đunda
    • 3
  • Ali Bakhshi
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Novi SadNovi SadSerbia
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyKeimyung UniversityDaeguSouth Korea
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Novi SadNovi SadSerbia
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyQazvin Islamic Azad UniversityQazvinIran

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