Bayesian Hierarchical Modeling of the Temporal Dynamics of Subjective Well-Being: A 10 Year Longitudinal Analysis

Jeromy Anglim, Melissa Weinberg, Robert Cummins
This study demonstrates, for the first time, how Bayesian hierarchical modeling can be applied to yield novel insights into the long-term temporal dynamics of subjective well-being (SWB). Several models were proposed and examined using Bayesian methods. The models were assessed using a sample of Australian adults (n = 1081) who provided annual SWB scores on between 5 and 10 occasions. The best fitting models involved a probit transformation, allowed error variance to vary across participants,
more » ... d did not include a lag parameter. Including a random linear and quadratic effect resulted in only a small improvement over the intercept only model. Examination of individual-level fits suggested that most participants were stable with a small subset exhibiting patterns of systematic change.
doi:10.17605/ fatcat:3yk6qvgjsvandjllaolxy7qaoa