The enjoyment of activities: Do couples affect each others' well-being? Measuring well-being: The enjoyment of activities within couples

Oriel Sullivan

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Abstract

In this paper I investigate the use of a measure of well-being derived from time-use data on the enjoyment of activities, and explore the association between the well-being of partners. The measure of well-being used is directly derived from the subjective assessment of the enjoyment of activities as recorded in time-use diaries. It is shown that this measure yeilds plausible results which share many of the characteristics of other measures of well-being. In addition, since the diaries used in the analysis were collected from couples it has also been possible to investigate the association between the well-being of partners. It is shown that in multivariate analyses including both time-use and socio-demographic variables the effect of a partner's well-being has by far the most significant impact on individual well-being. It is argued that this combination of information offers a useful means of analysing the relationship between time-use, well-being and the couple relationship. In this sense the analysis cross-cuts some of the conventional disciplinary boundaries which have served to separate the study of emotional relationships and psychological states from that of the daily activities of households.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-102
Number of pages22
JournalSocial Indicators Research
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1996
Externally publishedYes

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