Cross-cultural validation of fear of happiness scale across 14 national groups

Mohsen JOSHANLOO, Zarina Kh. LEPSHOKOVA, Tatiana PANYUSHEVA, Amerkhanova NATALIA, Wai-Ching POON, Victoria Wai-lan YEUNG, Suresh SUNDARAM, Mustapha ACHOUI, Ryosuke ASANO, Tasuku IGARASHI, Saori TSUKAMOTO, Muhammad RIZWAN, Imran Ahmed KHILJI, Maria Cristina FERREIRA, Joyce S. PANG, Lok Sang HO, Gyuseog HAN, Jaechang BAE, Ding-Yu JIANG

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A survey of the cultural notions related to happiness and the existing empirical evidence indicate that some individuals endorse the belief that happiness, particularly an immoderate degree of it, should be avoided. These beliefs mainly involve the general notion that happiness may lead to bad things happening. Using multigroup confirmatory factor analysis and multilevel modeling, this study investigates the measurement invariance, cross-level isomorphism, predictive validity, and nomological network of the fear of happiness scale across 14 nations. The results show that this scale has good statistical properties at both individual and cultural levels. The findings also indicate that this scale has the potential to add to the knowledge about how people conceive of, and experience, happiness across cultures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-264
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Cross-Cultural Psychology
Issue number2
Early online date3 Oct 2013
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2014

Bibliographical note

The contribution of authors other than the corresponding author was equal, and thus the second to last names are ordered alphabetically.
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Ding-Yu Jiang has used the grant sponsored by National Science Council, Taiwan, ROC (NSC 100-2410-H-194-039-MY2.


  • fear of happiness
  • subjective well-being
  • happiness
  • emotion
  • cross-cultural
  • religion


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