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Perceived Control & Wellbeing. Sue Chambers, Jackie Hollway, Emma-Rose Parsons & Clea Wallage. Subjective Wellbeing (SWB). Key question measuring general life satisfaction:. Related to domains in personal life

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Perceived control wellbeing

Perceived Control & Wellbeing

Sue Chambers, Jackie Hollway, Emma-Rose Parsons & Clea Wallage

School of Psychology, Deakin University

Subjective wellbeing swb

Subjective Wellbeing (SWB)

Key question measuring general life satisfaction:

Related to domains in personal life

Standard of living, health, achievement, personal relationships, safety, community belonging, future security

Normal distribution of swb

Normal Distribution of SWB


Positive cognitive biases work to maintain SWB in 70-80 band.

Homeostatic model

Homeostatic Model

Prediction: Normally cognitive biases maintain positive SWB. Otherwise defeat

Other domains of life

Other domains of life

  • National: economy, environment, social conditions, government, business, security

  • Neighbourhood: trust, participation, goals, security, environment, public resources, sharing

  • Contribution to SWB?

Swb domains

SWB & Domains


Positive cognitive biases used to maintain SWB more relevant to personal than > distal domains of neighbourhood & nation

Cognitive biases

Cognitive biases

  • Self-esteem, perceived control & optimism

  • Perceived Control

    • Primary: active strategy to change external situation

    • Secondary: active strategy to modify relevant cognitions

    • Relinquished: loss of control: no adaptive strategy



  • SWB in normal band: primary & secondary control strategies operating

  • SWB in low band: Primary & secondary control defeat: relinquished control

  • Personal wellbeing > predictor of SWB than Neighbourhood or National wellbeing



Participants: 578 adults from Australian Unity Wellbeing sample

Procedure: Completed 63 item questionnaire, returned by post.


  • General life satisfaction question (SWB)

  • Wellbeing scales: personal, neighbourhood & national (alphas >.80)

  • Perceived Control scales: primary, secondary, relinquished

  • Group: SWB scores <70 (G1)70-80 (G2) >80 (G3)



Group wellbeing means

1 2 3

Personal54.6 73.683.7

Neighbourhood53.4 64.9 72.7


Predictors of swb gp 1

Predictors of SWB: Gp 1

Predictors of swb gp 2

Predictors of SWB: Gp 2

Predictors of swb gp 3

Predictors of SWB: Gp 3

Primary control x group

Primary Control X Group

Secondary control x group

Secondary Control X Group

Relinquished control x group

Relinquished Control X Group

Personal wellbeing x group

Personal Wellbeing x Group

Neighbourhood wellbeing x group

Neighbourhood Wellbeing x Group

National wellbeing x group

National Wellbeing x Group



  • Homeostasis model supported & useful

  • Control strategies differ with SBW level

    • Useful approach for interventions

  • Distal-proximal model of relation of domains to SWB supported. General-specific aspect: further analysis

  • Scales offer reliable & valid measures for further research examining perceived control & SWB in conjunction with self-esteem & optimism & varying challenging contexts

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