Handbook of Social Indicators and Quality of Life Research

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Subjective Wellbeing Homeostasis

  • Robert A. CumminsAffiliated withSchool of Psychology, Deakin University Email author 
  • , Anna L. D. LauAffiliated withSchool of Psychology, Deakin University
  • , Melanie T. DavernAffiliated withMcCaughey Centre, Melbourne University

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This chapter explains the concept of subjective well-being homeostasis. It concerns the proposal that subjective well-being (SWB) is managed by a system of psychological devices which have evolved for this purpose. The chapter begins by presenting some of the psychometric characteristics of SWB and introduces homeostasis as a theoretical construct that can account for these characteristics. This is followed by a discussion of the relationship between SWB and depression. The chapter ends with recommendations for measurement scales.