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ERIC Number: EJ912930
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0003-066X
"Beyond the Hedonic Treadmill: Revising the Adaptation Theory of Well-Being": Comment on Diener, Lucas, and Scollon (2006)
Lykken, David T.
American Psychologist, v62 n6 p611-612 Sep 2007
Comments on the article by E. Diener, R. E. Lucas, and C. N. Scollon (see record 2006-05893-003) which cited a study by Tellegen et al. in which the Well-Being scale of the Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire (MPQ), administered to 44 pairs of monozygotic reared-apart (MZA) twins, yielded a within-pair correlation of 0.48. I contend that, in their subsequent proposed changes to subjective well-being (SWB) theory, Diener et al. failed to incorporate the implications of this heritability.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire