Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: June 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963978 | Print ISBN: 9781412909280 | Online ISBN: 9781412963978| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Job Satisfaction and General Well-Being
Donald E. Eggerth
With the emergence of the field of positive psychology, increasing attention has been paid to factors contributing to general well-being. Job satisfaction has been identified as a major component of general well-being. Meta-analysis has found a correlation of .44 between measures of job satisfaction and general well-being. Given the many life areas impacted by work, it has been argued by some that job satisfaction may contribute more to nonwork related life satisfaction than the obverse. Unfortunately, only limited research has been conducted to explore the specifics of the relationship between job satisfaction and general well-being. However, person-environment fit models, such as the theory of work adjustment (TWA), appear to offer a solid starting point for such inquiries. Discussions of general well-being often emphasize the importance of goal directedness and goal attainment to well-being. Given the extensive person-environment fit literature demonstrating significant relationships between job fit and job satisfaction, it has ...