International Journal of Humanities and Applied Social Science

ISSN: 2471-7576 (Online)

Value Priorities and Subjective Well-Being; A Cross-Cultural Perspective

Author(s): Kutlu Cahskan Ph.D., Ph.D, Susan Y. Lin, Ph.D.


Abstract:
The main purpose of this study is to understand the life value priorities with subjective well-being. Two sample groups of university students, from Turkey-Istanbul and USA-Hawaii were invited to participate in the study. The satisfaction with Life Scale, PANAS and Schwartz Value Survey were administrated to 210 participants. Self direction, achievement, benevolence and universalism values are associated with subjective well being in two samples. The results also revealed some differences, such as in Turkish sample; tradition, power and conformity is also related to well being whereas, in US sample, this conservation dimensions is irrelevant with subjective well being. Those differences were discussed both using self-context and socio cultural factors.