Affect Specificity as Indicators of National Well-Being: Representative Sample of Croatia

  • Zvjezdana Prizmić-Larsen
  • Ljiljana Kaliterna Lipovčan
  • Tihana Brkljačić


In our survey-based study, we gathered evaluative and experiential measures of well-being and examined their correlates with different life domains variables used as predictors for each well-being measure. Subjects were a representative sample of Croatian citizens (N  =  1,129). Subjects reported life satisfaction and rated how often they felt happy, satisfied, sad, angry, depressive, and stressed over the past month. Predictors variables included measures representing various domains such as physical (health), social (seeing friends, family support, receiving help, trust, fairness), psychological (learning, respect, recognition, spirituality), and job-related variables (job satisfaction, commuting). Hierarchical regression analyses were used with age, gender, and income as covariates. Distinctive predictors of positive emotions were learning and seeing friends, while predictors of negative emotions were trust, fairness, and recognition.


Life Satisfaction Negative Emotion Positive Emotion Family Support Social Trust 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zvjezdana Prizmić-Larsen
    • 1
  • Ljiljana Kaliterna Lipovčan
    • 2
  • Tihana Brkljačić
    • 2
  1. 1.Washington University in St. LouisSt. LouisUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Social Sciences Ivo PilarZagrebCroatia

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