De samenhang tussen relatiestatus en geluk : een kwantitatief en kwalitatief onderzoek naar het verband tussen geluk, geluksdefinitie en relatiestatus met de Eudaimonic and Hedonic Happiness Inventory

Brandenburg, A. (2015) De samenhang tussen relatiestatus en geluk : een kwantitatief en kwalitatief onderzoek naar het verband tussen geluk, geluksdefinitie en relatiestatus met de Eudaimonic and Hedonic Happiness Inventory.

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Abstract:The aim of this study was to examine the relation between relationship status and happiness. In this study, happiness was examined from both the eudaimonic and the hedonic perspective. To achieve that, the Eudaimonic and Hedonic Happiness Inventory with its questions about the level and definition of happiness and the Satisfaction with Life Scale was used. This study is part of the EHHI-project of Delle Fave, Brdar, Freire,Vella-Brodrick and Wissing (2011). It is based on the in 2014 collected data from Dutch citizens between the ages 30 and 60. The answers of singles, people in a relationship, cohabitants, marrieds and married parents were compared. The qualitative data was evaluated by using the same coding system that was used in 2011 to find probable explanations for differences in level of happiness. The interrater reliability was found to be substantial which means that the data can be compared to other countries. The results show that there was almost no significant evidence for the hypotheses that relationship status is connected to the level and definition of happiness. Only referring to life satisfaction, married parents seemed to be more satisfied than married people without children, and singles. With reference to the definitions of happiness the first differences were found on the domain “purpose”. Here, married people without children defined happiness more often like that than married parents and singles. The second notable domain was “does not exist”, where married people without children agued more often that happiness was not definable than the other groups. Overall, all groups defined happiness most frequently regarding family, interpersonal relations and health. As the EHHI project did not take relationship statuses into account, the collected data raised some problems with relation to the variety of the group size. The groups “married without children” and “in a relationship” were very small. In conclusion, it can be stated that happiness probably is not so different for the individual with any relationship status. For interventions to promote happiness, this means that relationship status does not need to be taken into account while building the groups. Recommendations for further research would be to ask in the demographic section specifically for the relationship status, so a better sample with a more balanced group size could be collected. Furthermore, it could be interesting to take other factors into account like age, country of residence, stability within the relationship, and the number and age of potential children.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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