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Luhmann, Maike; Necka, Elizabeth A.; Schönbrodt, Felix D. ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8282-3910 and Hawkley, Louise C. (2016): Is valuing happiness associated with lower well-being? A factor-level analysis using the Valuing Happiness Scale. In: Journal of Research in Personality, Vol. 60: pp. 46-50

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Recent studies suggest that valuing happiness is negatively associated with well-being. Most of these studies used the Valuing Happiness Scale (Mauss, Tamir, Anderson, & Savino, 2011). In the present paper, we examined the factor structure of this scale using data pooled from six independent samples (N-total = 938). Exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis showed that the Valuing Happiness Scale is not unidimensional and that only one of its three factors correlates negatively with various indicators of well-being, whereas non-significant or positive correlations were found for the other factors. These findings indicate that valuing happiness may not necessarily be bad for one's well-being, and call for a better definition, theoretical foundation, and operationalization of this construct. (C) 2015 ELSEVIER. All rights reserved.

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