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Salud & Sociedad: investigaciones en psicologia de la salud y psicologia social

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ZUBIETA, Elena; MURATORI, Marcela  and  FERNANDEZ, Omar. Subjective and psychosocial well-being: exploring gender differences. Salud & Sociedad [online]. 2012, vol.3, n.1, pp.66-76. ISSN 0718-7475.

Psychosocial and subjective well-being perspectives approach a unique psychological process, but using different indicators. Subjective well-being goes deep in emotional bases and have been analysed through topics such as happiness, affectivity or life satisfaction. Psychosocial well-being has been developed trough Ryff (1989) and Keyes (1998) researches on psychological and social well-being, respectively. The approach has focused in personal growth, in people’s ways of coping with life challenges and their efforts to get their goals; also in valuations people do of their circumstances and functioning in society. With the aim of exploring in gender differences in subjective and psychosocial well-being, a descriptive group differences, non experimental design study was carried out based on an intentional sample composed by 696 participants from Buenos Aires city. Results show good levels of subjective and psychosocial well being, showing up in the latter some ge nder differences. Male participants perceive mayor autonomy respect social pressure while females mayor possibilities of growing by their capacities. In terms of social well being, women valuate better than men the quality of their relation with the enviro nment and show greater feelings of utility and contribution to common well-being.

Keywords : Subjective well-being; Psychosocial well-being; Gender.

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