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Title: Belief in a Zero-Sum Game and Subjective Well-Being Across 35 Countries
Authors: Różycka-Tra, J
Piotrowski, J
Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M
Jurek, P
Osin, E
Adams, B
Ardi, R
Baltatescu, S
Bhomi, A
Bogomaz, S
Cieciuch, J
Clinton, A
de Clunie, G
Czarna, A
Esteves, S
Gouveia, V
Halik, M
Kachatryan, N
Kamble, S
Kawula, A
Klicperova-Baker, M
Kospakov, A
Letovancova, E
Lun, V
Malo Cerrato, S
Muelbacher, S
Nikolic, M
Pankratova, A
Park, J
Paspalanova, E
Pék, G
Perez de Leon, P
Poláčková Šolcová, I
Shahbaz, W
Truong Thi, K
Tiliouine, H
Van Hiel, A
Vauclair, M
Wills-Herrera, E
Włodarczyk, A
Yagiyaev, I
Maltby, J
First Published: 2019
Publisher: Springer (part of Springer Nature)
Citation: Current Psychology, 2019, In Press
Abstract: This article presents a short research report on the relationship between perceived antagonism in social relations measured using the Belief in a Zero-Sum Game (BZSG) scale, life satisfaction, and positive and negative affect. Given that individuals who believe that life is like a zero-sum game are likely to perceive their daily interactions with others as unfair, we expected that individuals with high BZSG experience more negative affect and fewer positive one, resulting in a lower satisfaction with life. In addition, we examined whether country-level BZSG may play a moderating role in these associations. Data were collected from student samples (N = 7,146) in 35 countries. Multilevel modelling revealed that perceived social antagonism in social relations is negatively associated with satisfaction with life and that this relationship is mediated by both positive and negative affect at the individual level. The relation of individual BZSG and negative affect on satisfaction with life were weaker in societies with higher country-level BZSG, suggesting that the effects of BZSG may be less detrimental in these countries. These findings extend previous knowledge about predictors of life satisfaction and suggest that social beliefs might also be an important factor that influences subjective well-being. The contribution of the study is that the separate treatment of life satisfaction and positive and negative affect may be helpful in many research situations, particularly from a cross-cultural perspective.
ISSN: 1046-1310
Links: TBA
Embargo on file until: 1-Jan-10000
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2019, Springer (part of Springer Nature). Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy. (
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