Wellbeing is a popular concept in research and everyday life. Wellbeing understood in a broad sense covers objective living conditions as well as subjective aspects of wellbeing (see figure). The objective living conditions take account of all important areas of life, whereas subjective wellbeing refers to three dimensions of subjective perceptions of individual wellbeing. Wellbeing in a narrower sense means these subjective perceptions. FORS contributes to the research on subjective wellbeing by collecting data and authoring scientific articles. Furthermore, subjective wellbeing was the main topic of the Swiss Social Report 2016, which was edited by FORS.

Conceptional framework of wellbeing

Swiss Social Report 2016

FORS edited the Swiss Social Report 2016, which emphasises the subjective wellbeing: How satisfied are the Swiss with their social living conditions and their financial situation? Does religion still play a role in the search for a meaningful life? What impact do social developments such as the rise in divorce rates have on the wellbeing of the affected people? Does political participation make people happy? Are impoverished people less satisfied with life than the wealthy? Does increasing mobility in work and leisure time have a positive or negative effect on wellbeing? In addition to a selection of 75 indicators on these and other topics, the Social Report 2016 contains five analytically oriented in-depth articles that focus on subjective wellbeing and address the following topics: income and social contacts, dissociation from religion, wellbeing and poverty, political participation, as well as environment as a health factor.

Scientific publications from FORS in the field of subjective wellbeing

Recent publications of FORS collaborators
Measuring Social Networks and Social Resources: An Exploratory ISSP Survey around the World, Joye, Dominique, Sapin, Marlène, and Wolf, Christoph,  (2019). GESIS-Schriftenreihe, 22, Köln: GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften.

Comorbidity of Symptoms of Alcohol and Cannabis Use Disorders among a Population-Based Sample of Simultaneous Users. Insight from a Network Perspective, Baggio S., Sapin M., Khazaal Y., Studer J., Wolff H., Gmel G., 2018/12/17.  International journal of environmental research and public health, 15 (12). Peer-reviewed. [DOI]

Union libre, égalité et bien-être en SuisseLe Goff Jean-Marie, Ryser Valérie-Anne, 2018/10/15. Lives Working Paper 70 pp. 1-26. Peer-reviewed. [DOI]

Awareness, approval and completion of advance directives in older adults in SwitzerlandVilpert S., Borrat-Besson C., Maurer J., Borasio G.D., 2018/07/16. Swiss medical weekly, 148 pp. w14642. Peer-reviewed. [DOI]

Buffering Effects for Negative Life Events: The Role of Material, Social, Religious and Personal ResourcesKuhn Ursina, Brulé Gaël, 2018/06/30. Journal of Happiness Studies. Peer-reviewed. [DOI]

Health-Related Inequalities in Subjective Well-Being Among the 50+ Population in Europe : Evidence from SHARERyser Valérie-Anne, Weaver France, Gonçalves Judite, 2018. Swiss Journal of Sociology, 44 (2) pp. 301-325. Peer-reviewed. [DOI]

With whom do we compare our income? The effect of gendered income comparisons on subjective well-being, Ravazzini Laura, Piekałkiewicz Marcin dans Bianco Adele, Gnaldi Michela, Conigliaro Paola (eds.) (forthcoming), Springerbrief, Springer.

Exploring the Cohabitation Gap in Relationship Dissolution and Health and Wellbeing: A Longitudinal Analysis of Transitions from Cohabitation and Marriage in Switzerland and Australia, Belinda Hewitt, Marieke Voorpostel, Gavin Turrell, 2018. pp 31-46. In Tillman Robin, Vorpoostel Marieke, Farago Peter (eds.) Social Dynamics in Swiss Society. Empirical studies based on the Swiss Household Panel chap. 4, Springer. [DOI]

Family Trajectories and Life Satisfaction: The Swiss Case, Wernli, Boris, Zella Sara, 2018. pp 61-77. In Tillman Robin, Vorpoostel Marieke, Farago Peter (eds.) Social Dynamics in Swiss Society. Empirical studies based on the Swiss Household Panel chap. 4, Springer. [DOI]

The Transition to Marriage for Cohabiting Couples: Does it Shape Subjective Well-being and Opinions or Attitudes Toward Family, Ryser Valérie-Anne, Le Goff Jean-Marie, 2018. pp. 47-59. In Tillman Robin, Vorpoostel Marieke, Farago Peter (eds.)Social Dynamics in Swiss Society. Empirical studies based on the Swiss Household Panel chap. 4, Springer. [DOI]

Health-related inequalities in subjective well-being among the 50+ population in Europe: Evidence from SHARE, Ryser Valérie-Anne, Weaver France, Gonçalves Judite, 2018. Swiss Journal of Sociology, 44 (2) pp. 301-325.

The Working Class Left Behind ? The Class Gap in Life Satisfaction in Germany and Switzerland over the Last Decades, Lipps O., Oesch D., 2017. SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research p. 28.

Which Inequality Makes People Dissatisfied with Their Lives? Evidence of the Link Between Life Satisfaction and Inequalities, Ravazzini Laura, Chávez-Juárez Florian, 2017. Social Indicators Research pp. 1-25.  [DOI]

How Does Transitioning into Retirement Impact the Individual Emotional System? Evidence from the Swiss Context?, Ryser V.-A., Wernli B., 2017. Advances in Life Course Research, 32 pp. 42-54. [DOI]

La mémoire autobiographique à travers le parcours de vie: Évaluation rétrospective du bonheur et de la vulnérabilité, Dasoki, N., Morselli, D., & Spini, D., 2016. Canadian Journal on Aging, 35(03), 308-318. [DOI]

Parenthood and Well-Being : the Moderating Role of Leisure and Paid Work, Roeters A., Mandemakers J.J., Voorpostel M., 2016. European Journal of Population, 32 (3) pp. 381-401. [DOI]

Poverty, precarity, prosperity and wellbeing in Switzerland, Tillmann R., Masia M., Budowski M., 2016. pp. 162-178. In Bühlmann F., Ehrler F., Farago P., Höpflinger F., Joye D., Perrig-Chiello P., Suter C. (eds.) Swiss Social Report 2016 : Wellbeing, Seismo Verlag AG.

What ‘s more important for life satisfaction? Market Goods or Social Goods?, Kuhn U., Lalive R., Lipps O., Winkelmann R., 2016. pp. 66-80. In Bühlmann F., Ehrler F., Farago P., Höpflinger F., Joye D., Perrig-Chiello P., Suter C. (eds.) Swiss Social Report 2016 : Wellbeing, Seismo Verlag AG.

Bien-être subjectif : l’impact du départ à la retraite en Suisse, Wernli B., Ryser V.-A., Borrat-Besson C., 2015. Revue Suisse de Sociologie, 41 (3) pp. 377-399.

For all scientific publications by FORS collaborators see here.

Papers from the FORS Working Paper Series
Contributions to blogs, newspapers and other non-scientific media
Nur unfreiwillige Teilzeitarbeit macht Väter unglücklich. Ursina Kuhn, 16.07.2018. Defacto (only in german and french).

Poverty makes active ageing more difficult. Franziska Ehrler, Martina Guggisberg, April 2018. Swiss federal statistics office, DEMOS 1/2018.

Teilzeit oder Vollzeit, was macht zufriedener? Die Antwort ist nicht dieselbe für Väter und Mütter. Florence Lebert, Gian-Andrea Monsch, Valérie-Anne Ryser, Caroline Henchoz, Boris Wernli, 05.09.2017. Defacto.

Sind Workaholics unzufriedener? (also available in French), Ursina Kuhn, Rafael Lalive, Oliver Lipps, Rainer Winkelmann, 23.03.2017. Die Volkswirtschaft.

Führt Wohlstand zu Wohlbefinden? Robin Tillmann, Maurizia Masia and Monica Budowski, 05.12.2016. Zeitschrift für Sozialhilfe (ZESO) 04, pp 24–25 (only in german).

Wohlbefinden in der Schweiz: Ausgrenzung macht unzufrieden. Franziska Ehrler, October 03.11.2016. Defacto (only in german and french).

Wohlbefinden in der Schweiz. Franziska Ehrler, Felix Bühlmann, August 2016. SAGW-Bulletin 3/2016, pp 36-38 (only in german).

Data on subjective wellbeing is available within the following surveys managed by FORS:

For a list of available data on subjective wellbeing in Switzerland see here.