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ERIC Number: EJ867527
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0160-2896
Toward an Index of Well-Being for the Fifty U.S. States
Pesta, Bryan J.; McDaniel, Michael A.; Bertsch, Sharon
Intelligence, v38 n1 p160-168 Jan-Feb 2010
Well-being is a construct spanning multiple disciplines including psychology, economics, health, and public policy. In many ways, well-being is a nexus of inter-correlated variables, much like the "g" nexus. Here, we created an index of well-being for the geographical and political subdivisions of the United States (i.e., states). The measure resulted from hierarchical principal components analyses of state-level data on various hypothesized sub-domains of well-being, including general mental ability, education, economics, religiosity, health, and crime. A single, general component of well-being emerged, explaining between 52 and 85% of the variance in the sub-domains. General mental ability loaded substantially on global state well-being (.83). The relationship between global well-being and other important state-level outcomes was examined next. We conclude by offering parallels between the g nexus and the well-being nexus. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States