- 18+ aged, general public, 89 nations, 1995-2005
- Survey name:
- WorldValuesSurvey 1994-2008
- N = 250000
- Non Response:
- Interview: face-to-face
- Authors's label
- Agency feeling
- Our Classification
- Self-report on single question: "Some people feel they have completely free choice and control over their lives, while other people feel that what they do has no real effect on what happens to them.
Please use this scale where 1 means 'no choice at all' and 10 means 'a great deal of choice' to indicate how much freedom of choice and control you feel you have over the way your life turns out."
Normalized scale from 0 for the least agentic position to 1 for the most agentic position.
Observed Relation with Happiness
Agency feelings are positively associated with happiness (b interaction=+.49, p<.001).
-interaction with communion
Agency feelings are positively associated with happiness (b interaction=-.06, p<.001).
b controls for:
-agentic life strategies
-interaction between societal characteristics (agentic strategy and Western tradition) with individual characteristics:
-communion emphasis (people's emphasis on family and friends as important life domains)
-monetary saturation (satisfaction with financial situation of household)
-agency feeling*monetary saturation
Method used is hierarchical linear modeling.