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Defining and measuring subjective well-being for sport policy

Testoni, Stefano, Mansfield, Louise and Dolan, Paul (2018) Defining and measuring subjective well-being for sport policy. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 10 (4). pp. 815-827. ISSN 1940-6940

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Identification Number: 10.1080/19406940.2018.1518253


This paper makes the case for assessing the value of sport based on people’s reports of subjective well-being (SWB), i.e. how they feel. We compare SWB to conventional definitions of well-being. We discuss how SWB is measured, distinguishing between evaluations (e.g. life-satisfaction) and experiences (feelings held moment to moment). We then consider evidence on the impact of sport on both evaluations and experiences of SWB, showing that the two give rise to different insights. We argue that measures that focus on how people feel as they go about their lives are better suited to account for the value of sport. We conclude by encouraging the measurement of experiences of SWB in sport policy.

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Additional Information: © 2018 The Authors © CC BY 4.0
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2018 14:51
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2024 01:12

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