The role of positive and negative affectivity on job satisfaction and life satisfaction

Qing Guo Zhai, Russell Smyth, Ingrid Nielsen, Xiu Yun Luan

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This study examines the relationship between positive affectivity, negative affectivity, job satisfaction, and life satisfaction using a sample of 558 urban employees from Dalian. Positive and negative affectivity were measured with Watson's PANAS scale, job satisfaction was measured with Spector's JSS scale, and life satisfaction was measured with the International Wellbeing Group's PWI scale. All the scales are well established multi-item scales that have been validated both in English speaking populations and in China. The statistical analysis found that affectivity is a source of both job satisfaction and life satisfaction. Job satisfaction is positively related to life satisfaction, supporting the spillover theory. Job satisfaction partly mediates the relationship between affectivity and life satisfaction. The practical implications for managers is that because of the dispositional source of job and life satisfaction, managers need to put more emphasis on improving job satisfaction and subjective quality of life by improving the workplace environment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2009 International Conference on Management Science and Engineering - 16th Annual Conference Proceedings, ICMSE 2009
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 24 Dec 2009
Event2009 16th International Conference on Management Science and Engineering, ICMSE 2009 - Moscow, Russian Federation
Duration: 14 Sep 200916 Sep 2009


Conference2009 16th International Conference on Management Science and Engineering, ICMSE 2009
CountryRussian Federation


  • Job satisfaction
  • Life satisfaction
  • Mediation
  • Negative affectivity
  • Positive affectivity

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