Cross-Cultural Variations in Predictors of Life Satisfaction: Perspectives from Needs and Values

  • Shigehiro Oishi
  • Ed Diener
  • Richard E. Lucas
  • Eunkook M. Suh
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 38)


The authors tested for cross-cultural difference in predictors of life satisfaction. In Study 1 (39 nations, N = 54, 446), they found that financial satisfaction was more strongly associated with life satisfaction in poorer nations, whereas home life satisfaction was more strongly related to life satisfaction in wealthy nations. In Study 2 (39 nations, N = 6,782), the authors found that satisfaction with esteem needs (e.g., the self and freedom) predicted global life satisfaction more strongly among people in individualist nations than people in collectivist nations. The present investigation provides support for the needs and values-as-moderators model of subjective well-being at the cultural level. The need for theories that account for culture-specific as well as universal predictors of life satisfaction will be discussed.


Life Satisfaction Satisfaction With Life Scale Gross National Product Domain Satisfaction World Value Survey 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shigehiro Oishi
    • 1
  • Ed Diener
    • 2
  • Richard E. Lucas
    • 3
  • Eunkook M. Suh
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of IllinoisChampaignUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of VirginiaUrbana-ChampaignUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyYonsei University, Shinchon-dongSeoulKorea

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