How Marital Status Is Related to Subjective Well-Being and Dispositional Hope

  • Stefanie SpahniEmail author
  • Pasqualina Perrig-Chiello
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 72)


Having an intimate partner is relevant for individual identity, daily routine, and represents an important source of support, and is thus crucial for well-being. In turn, marital break-up and spousal bereavement are considered as critical life events with a high potential for vulnerabilization. In this chapter we examine how marital status impacts well-being and hope. Using original data from the Swiss Hope-Barometer 2015, we compare married, separated/divorced and widowed individuals regarding various indicators of subjective well-being and show how far they are predicted by dispositional hope, optimism, and social relations. Our results confirm lower life satisfaction in both loss-groups. Separated/divorced individuals further report higher loneliness and depression rates than the married ones. Dispositional hope, optimism and social relations are strong predictors of subjective well-being. They are assumed to be crucial to enable adaptation and sustain health as well as well-being when facing the loss of an intimate relationship.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Psychology, Developmental PsychologyUniversity of BernBernSwitzerland

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