Social Indicators Research

, Volume 60, Issue 1–3, pp 193–225 | Cite as

Community Subjective Well-being, Personality Traits and Quality of Life Therapy

  • David M.S. Kimweli
  • William E. Stilwell


In this study, factors that are instrumental in improving individuals' aswell as communities' subjective well-being (SWB) and Quality of Life (QOL)such as positive and negative relationships, personality characteristics ortraits as defined by family members or spouse, perceptions of the future aslooking good, and psychological factors (such as congruency,thriving/resilience personality, belongingness, external and internal powerand psychoallostasis), demographic variables, and religion were examined.The findings indicate that congruency with one's community values andexpectations, belongingness, thriving personality, psychoallostasis andpositive relationships or closeness to people in one's community, and theperception of the future both for the individual and for the community asbright, are important indicators of Quality of life and increased Subjectivewell-being. Additionally, family or spousal ratings of personalitycharacteristics as desirable affected SWB only if the ratings correspondedto the individuals' rating. Path analysis indicate that the high levels ofhappiness experienced by people living in Individualistic-sub-collectivisticcultures such as Appalachia is strongly linked to communal homeostasis andpsychoallostasis lifestyles prevalent in these communities. Implications ofthese findings to Quality of life therapy (QOLT) and healthy psychology atboth the individual level and community level are discussed.

Appalachia anxiety clinical cognitive-restructuring community well-being coping counseling cross-cultural culture depression disasters enmasse inoculation intervention treatment happiness healthy psychology Kentucky mental health optimism other personality traits positive affect power prevention psychiatrist psychodynamic psychotherapy quality of life relationships religion resilience satisfaction self subjective well-being technology therapy trauma thriving 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David M.S. Kimweli
    • 1
  • William E. Stilwell
    • 1
  1. 1.Educational and Counseling Psychology Department, College of EducationThe University of KentuckyLexingtonUSA

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