Life Satisfaction of Women in Northern Cyprus: An Empirical Study

By Emine Tahsin and Ozge Gokdemir.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies

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It is the intention in this paper to evaluate the level of life satisfaction among women living in Northern Cyprus by focusing on the role of economic variables, values and beliefs, achieved goals, perceived gender discrimination, and social identity. To this end, an analysis is made of the influence of socio-personal characteristics of the women in their level of life satisfaction, based on the results of a questionnaire that was applied to 623 women in the five main cities of Northern Cyprus. Applying an ordered probit model, this paper examines the role of a number of different factors in their lives, such as their normal social reference income, changes in income, employment, health, religion, marital status, beliefs, achievement of goals, perceived gender discrimination and social identity. The results demonstrate that a positive level of life satisfaction depends on good health, age, high income, increase in household income sources, some beliefs, achievement of educational goals, and feelings of being a part of Turkey, whereas a negative level of life satisfaction is associated with social reference income, being divorced, some beliefs, perceived gender discrimination, and feelings of being a part of Europe.

Keywords: Life Satisfaction, Subjective Well-being, Northern Cyprus, Women’s Studies

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies, Volume 8, Issue 2, October 2014, pp.35-52. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: August 26, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 621.482KB)).

Dr. Emine Tahsin

Faculty, Department of Economics, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey

Dr. Ozge Gokdemir

Visiting Scholar, Department of Economics, Maastricht University, Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands