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Exposing the “wellbeing gap” between American men and women: revelations from the sociology of emotion surveys

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Population surveys of emotion offer great potential to understand subjective wellbeing, though most do not reveal how emotions

    other than happiness and satisfaction impact on daily lives. This article presents a case study analysis of data from Kahneman

    and Krueger’s (2006) Princeton Time and Affect Survey to demonstrate that the choice of emotions or affects measured in

    surveys does matter in determining wellbeing in contexts such as those in which gender plays an important role. It finds that

    that tiredness and interest (excluded from Kahneman and Krueger’s wellbeing construct) comprise a large part of American

    women’s but not men’s unpleasant education, unpaid housework, and childcare. The article concludes by suggesting that

    the most appropriate method for establishing a “minimum” set of emotions is to conduct survey-based “audits” of emotions

    experienced in daily activities.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Patulny, R. (2015). Exposing the “wellbeing gap” between American men and women: revelations from the sociology of emotion surveys. Emotion Review, 7 (2), 169-174.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84925447763

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1790

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 169

End Page


  • 174

Volume


  • 7

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Population surveys of emotion offer great potential to understand subjective wellbeing, though most do not reveal how emotions

    other than happiness and satisfaction impact on daily lives. This article presents a case study analysis of data from Kahneman

    and Krueger’s (2006) Princeton Time and Affect Survey to demonstrate that the choice of emotions or affects measured in

    surveys does matter in determining wellbeing in contexts such as those in which gender plays an important role. It finds that

    that tiredness and interest (excluded from Kahneman and Krueger’s wellbeing construct) comprise a large part of American

    women’s but not men’s unpleasant education, unpaid housework, and childcare. The article concludes by suggesting that

    the most appropriate method for establishing a “minimum” set of emotions is to conduct survey-based “audits” of emotions

    experienced in daily activities.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Patulny, R. (2015). Exposing the “wellbeing gap” between American men and women: revelations from the sociology of emotion surveys. Emotion Review, 7 (2), 169-174.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84925447763

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1790

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 169

End Page


  • 174

Volume


  • 7

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom