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Well-being as a function of person-country fit in human values

Hanel, Paul H. P., Wolfradt, Uwe, Wolf, Lukas J., Lins de Holanda Coelho, Gabriel and Maio, Gregory R. 2020. Well-being as a function of person-country fit in human values. Nature Communications 11 , 5150. 10.1038/s41467-020-18831-9

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Abstract

It is often assumed that incongruence between individuals’ values and those of their country is distressing, but the evidence has been mixed. Across 29 countries, the present research investigated whether well-being is higher if people’s values match with those of people living in the same country or region. Using representative samples, we find that person-country and person-region value congruence predict six well-being measures (e.g., emotional well-being, relationship support; N = 54,673). Crucially, however, value type moderates whether person-country fit is positively or negatively associated with well-being. People who value self-direction, stimulation, and hedonism more and live in countries and regions where people on average share these values report lower well-being. In contrast, people who value achievement, power, and security more and live in countries and regions where people on average share these values, report higher well-being. Additionally, we find that people who moderately value stimulation report the highest well-being.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Additional Information: Full text licensed under CC BY 4.0
Publisher: Nature Research
ISSN: 2041-1723
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 29 October 2020
Date of Acceptance: 2 September 2020
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2020 02:22
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/136047

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