English title: Investigating the comparability of the 2006 and 2012 ESS measurement of wellbeing
Author(s): Anastasia Charalampi - Catherine Michalopoulou - Clive Richardson -
Type: Conference paper/poster
In 2006 (Round 3), a module on personal and social wellbeing was included in the European Social Survey (ESS) questionnaire, representing one of the first systematic attempts to develop a coherent set of subjective well-being measures for use in national and cross-national studies. This module was repeated with certain changes in 2012 (Round 6). The theoretical structure of the ESS measurement of wellbeing, a compromise of theoretical models and evidence from statistical analysis, is defined as a six-dimensional construct: evaluative wellbeing, emotional wellbeing, functioning, vitality, community wellbeing and supportive relationships. However, there is no evidence of validating its theoretical structure and reporting on its psychometric properties. In this study, such an investigation and assessment would be carried out for both Rounds of the survey for Germany and Poland. This involves splitting randomly the sample of both countries into two halves. First, Exploratory factor analysis would be performed on the first half-samples in order to assess the construct validity of the scale. Secondly, the structure would be validated by carrying out Confirmatory factor analysis on the second half-samples. Based on the full samples, the psychometric properties of the resulting subscales would be assessed. The proposed methodological study aims to contribute to the growing research on the measurement of wellbeing by providing summary measures of wellbeing for the designing of social policy in each country.
Conference name: European Sociological Association (ESA) RN21 Midterm Conference
Start date: Oct 3, 2018