Race and subjective well-being in adulthood: A black-white research synthesis

William A. Stock, Morris A. Okun, Marilyn J. Haring, Robert A. Witter

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Abstract

Meta-analytic techniques were used to synthesize findings on black-white differences in subjective well-being among noninstitutionalized adults. The dependent variable was zero-order estimates of the race/subjective well-being relation. Predictors were a composite of quality of study ratings, age midrange, and year of publication. We found that race is related to subjective well-being, with whites reporting slightly higher levels of subjective well-being than blacks. The composite of study quality was positively, and age midrange was inversely, related to race/subjective well-being associations. Year of publication was not an efficient predictor. These effect sizes indicate that black-white differences in subjective well-being decrease with age.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)192-197
Number of pages6
JournalHuman Development
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1985

Keywords

  • Happiness
  • Life satisfaction
  • Meta-analysis
  • Morale
  • Race
  • Subjective well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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