Causal Attributions of Happiness and Critical Events : How Beliefs About People’s Happiness Are Affected by Moments of Crisis and Joy

Francisco Javier OLIVOS RAVE*, Pablo OLIVOS-JARA, Emilio MOYANO-DÍAZ

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This study extends the literature on people’s understanding of happiness by asking whether positive and negative events could affect the causal attributions of what makes others happy. Using a factorial survey applied to a representative and probabilistic sample of Chileans, we examined three central causal attributions deeply rooted in Latin American folk culture. The results show that the positive family causal attribution of others’ happiness is reinforced by both negative and positive events that happened to the observer. Moreover, the attributions of health and income are unchanged. Finally, we discussed how this study contributes to understanding people’s causal attributions by examining how they are modified by critical events that affect the observer.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-122
Number of pages13
JournalSocial Psychology
Volume54
Issue number1-2
Early online date2 Aug 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgements. This work was supported in part (H. D.) by Fonds zur Fbrderung der wissenschaftlichenF orschung, Grant 3580. R. M. is a stipendiate of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 Hogrefe.

Keywords

  • Causal attribution
  • Positive events
  • Negative events
  • Factorial survey
  • Chile
  • positive events
  • negative events
  • causal attribution
  • factorial survey

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