Suffering Ailments and Addiction Problems in the Family

  • Mariano RojasEmail author
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 56)


Previous studies of subjective well-being have not investigated whether such well-being is downgraded by the suffering of others in one’s family or other social contexts. A large national survey in 2012 in Mexico asked about problems of “grave ailment” and addiction of other family members. This data makes it possible to evaluate the extent to which this type of family suffering reduces personal well-being. My main findings show that personal well-being (including life satisfaction, affective and evaluative assessments of life, and satisfaction with some domains of life) is significantly affected by the existence of ailments and addiction in the family. In general, ailments and addictions of sons and daughters and of spouses have a larger impact than ailments of brothers, sisters, and parents; however, their impact on specific domains of life changes depending on the nature of kinship. The substantial effects suggest that well-being—and quality of life more broadly—are eroded by the suffering of significant others.


Family Well-being Addiction Suffering Family impacts Mexico 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.FLACSO-México and UPAEPMexico, D.F.Mexico

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