A meta-analytic examination of the relationship between job satisfaction and subjective well-being

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  • Nathan A. Bowling,

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    1. Department of Psychology, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, USA
      Correspondence should be addressed to Professor Nathan A. Bowling, Department of Psychology, Wright State University, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton, OH 45435-0001, USA (e-mail: nathan.bowling@wright.edu).
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  • Kevin J. Eschleman,

    1. Department of Psychology, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, USA
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  • Qiang Wang

    1. Department of Psychology, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, USA
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Correspondence should be addressed to Professor Nathan A. Bowling, Department of Psychology, Wright State University, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton, OH 45435-0001, USA (e-mail: nathan.bowling@wright.edu).

Abstract

The current meta-analysis examined the relationship between job satisfaction and subjective well-being (SWB). Consistent with the spillover hypothesis, we found positive relationships between job satisfaction and life satisfaction, happiness, positive affect, and the absence of negative affect. In addition, an examination of longitudinal studies suggested that the causal relationship from SWB to job satisfaction was stronger than the causal relationship from job satisfaction to SWB.

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