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Influences of affect associated with routine out-of-home activities on subjective well-being

Journal article
Authors Cecilia Jakobsson Bergstad
Amelie Gamble
Olle Hagman
Merritt Polk
Tommy Gärling
Dick Ettema
Margareta Friman
Lars E. Olsson
Published in Applied Research in Quality of Life
Volume 7
Pages 49-62
ISSN 1871-2584
Publication year 2012
Published at Department of Sociology and Work Science
Department of Psychology
School of Global Studies, Human Ecology
Pages 49-62
Language en
Keywords Subjective wellbeing . Mood . Routine out-of-home activities . Swedish residents
Subject categories Psychology


A survey of a random sample of 1,330 Swedish residents assessed the relationships between affect associated with performance of routine out-of-home activities, mood, and judgments of life satisfaction (cognitive subjective wellbeing, CSWB). Regression analyses showed that sociodemographic variables accounted for most variance in CSWB (7%) and least in mood (2%). In agreement with previous research, CSWB increased with income, employment, and cohabiting with a spouse, and had a U-formed relationship with age. Affect associated with routine activities accounted for more variance than the socio-demographic variables in mood (30%) and in CSWB (13%). Mood partially mediated the effect on CSWB of affect associated with the activities. The results suggest that future policy-related research should consider the possibility that community-provided resources that facilitate performance of routine out-of-home activities would increase life satisfaction.

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