Belief in a zero-sum game and subjective well-being across 35 countries

Joanna Różycka-Tran , Jarosław P. Piotrowski , Magdalena Żemojtel-Piotrowska , Paweł Jurek , Evgeny N. Osin , Byron G. Adams , Rahkman Ardi , Sergiu Bălțătescu , Arbinda Lal Bhomi , Sergey A. Bogomaz , Jan Cieciuch , Amanda Clinton , Gisela T. de Clunie , Anna Z. Czarna , Carla Sofia Esteves , Valdiney Gouveia , Murnizam H. J. Halik , Narine Kachatryan , Shanmukh Vasant Kamble , Anna Kawula , Martina Klicperova-Baker , Aituar Kospakov , Eva Letovancova , Vivian Miu-Chi Lun , Sara Malo Cerrato , Stephan Muehlbacher , Marija Nikolic , Alina A. Pankratova , Joonha Park , Elena Paspalanova , Győző Pék , Pablo Pérez de León , Iva Poláčková Šolcová , Wahab Shahbaz , Truong Thi Khanh Ha , Habib Tiliouine , Alain Van Hiel , Christin-Melanie Vauclair , Eduardo Wills-Herrera , Anna Włodarczyk , Illia I. Yahiiaiev , John Maltby


This article presents a short research report on the relationship between perceived antagonism in social relations measured using the Belief in a Zero-Sum Game (BZSG) scale, life satisfaction, and positive and negative affect. Given that individuals who believe that life is like a zero-sum game are likely to perceive their daily interactions with others as unfair, we expected that individuals with high BZSG experience more negative affect and fewer positive one, resulting in a lower satisfaction with life. In addition, we examined whether country-level BZSG may play a moderating role in these associations. Data were collected from student samples (N = 7146) in 35 countries. Multilevel modelling revealed that perceived social antagonism in social relations is negatively associated with satisfaction with life and that this relationship is mediated by both positive and negative affect at the individual level. The relation of individual BZSG and negative affect on satisfaction with life were weaker in societies with higher country-level BZSG, suggesting that the effects of BZSG may be less detrimental in these countries. These findings extend previous knowledge about predictors of life satisfaction and suggest that social beliefs might also be an important factor that influences subjective well-being. The contribution of the study is that the separate treatment of life satisfaction and positive and negative affect may be helpful in many research situations, particularly from a cross-cultural perspective.
Publication typeIn press (online first, early view)
Author Joanna Różycka-Tran (FSS/IPsych/DSP)
Joanna Różycka-Tran,,
- Division of Social Psychology
, Jarosław P. Piotrowski
Jarosław P. Piotrowski,,
, Magdalena Żemojtel-Piotrowska
Magdalena Żemojtel-Piotrowska,,
, Paweł Jurek (FSS/IPsych/DSP)
Paweł Jurek,,
- Division of Social Psychology
, Evgeny N. Osin
Evgeny N. Osin,,
, Byron G. Adams
Byron G. Adams,,
, Rahkman Ardi
Rahkman Ardi,,
, Sergiu Bălțătescu
Sergiu Bălțătescu,,
, Arbinda Lal Bhomi
Arbinda Lal Bhomi,,
, Sergey A. Bogomaz
Sergey A. Bogomaz,,
et al.`
Journal seriesCurrent Psychology, ISSN 1046-1310, e-ISSN 1936-4733, (N/A 40 pkt)
Issue year2019
Noonline first
Publication size in sheets0.50
Keywords in Englishbelief in a zero-sum game, subjective well-being, SWLS, MML
ASJC Classification3200 General Psychology
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)40
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 40.0, 28-01-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 0.981; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 1.280 (2) - 2017=1.165 (5)
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