English title: The Association Between Life Satisfaction and Self-Reported Health Status in Europe

Author(s): Liisi Kööts-Ausmees - Anu Realo -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2015

Abstract

Previous research has shown that life satisfaction (LS) and self-reported health status are strongly related to each other. However, it is not clear whether this association holds across different nations or whether certain country-level indicators significantly affect this association. The study was based on nationally representative samples of 32 countries from the first six rounds of the European Social Survey (N?=?291?686). Results from hierarchical multilevel modelling indicated that there was a positive association between LS and self-reported health status across countries, but this association was slightly stronger in countries where governments spent less on the health care of their residents. Self-reported health ratings were also more strongly tied to LS judgements in countries where variability in LS ratings was larger. These results suggest that, especially in less wealthy European countries, policies should target reducing overall social inequality and the negative impact of governments' underinvestment in health care on LS. Copyright © 2015 European Association of Personality Psychology

Volume: 29

Issue: 6

From page no: 647

To page no: 657

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1002/PER.2037

Journal: European Journal of Personality