Determinants of Subjective Well-Being: A Systematic Review

Authors

  • Nurul Hafizah Azizan Statistics Department, Faculty of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
  • Zamalia Mahmud Statistics Department, Faculty of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21834/e-bpj.v3i7.1228

Keywords:

Subjective well-being, personality traits, health, socio-economic attributes

Abstract

In recent years, there has been increasing in number of research focusing on subjective well-being issues in many countries all over the world. Subjective well-being concerning with people happiness and overall life satisfaction towards their own day-to-day life experience. This systematic review is conducted to explore and highlight the determinants of subjective well-being on 33 articles obtained from academic search engines and online databases which are Google Scholar, ScienceDirect and Scopus within a period from September 2017 until January 2018. From the review, it was found that beside personality factors, health and religion, the socio-economic attributes such as income, financial and employment status are the most focusing determinants of subjective well-being among the society.

Author Biographies

Nurul Hafizah Azizan, Statistics Department, Faculty of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia

STATISTICS

Zamalia Mahmud, Statistics Department, Faculty of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia

STATISTICS

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Published

2018-03-02

How to Cite

Azizan, N. H., & Mahmud, Z. (2018). Determinants of Subjective Well-Being: A Systematic Review. Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, 3(7), 135-141. https://doi.org/10.21834/e-bpj.v3i7.1228