Social cognitive predictors of domain and life satisfaction: Exploring the theoretical precursors of subjective well-being

Robert W. Lent, H. Daniel Singley, Ung Bin Sheu, Kathy A. Gainor, Bradley R. Brenner, Dana Treistman, Lisa Ades

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Central variables of social cognitive theory were adapted to forge an integrative model of well-being, which was designed to offer greater utility for therapeutic and self-directed change efforts than the dominant personality view of well-being. The authors present 2 studies using versions of the social cognitive model to predict domain-specific and overall life satisfaction. In both studies-one nomothetic, the other idiographic in measurement approach-findings indicated that satisfaction in particular life domains is predicted by domain-specific social cognitive variables (e.g., self-efficacy, perceived goal progress, environmental resources). Domain satisfaction in valued life domains also explained unique variance in overall life satisfaction, even after controlling for trait positive affectivity or extraversion. Implications for theory, research, and counseling aimed at well-being promotion and maintenance are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-442
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Counseling Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2005



  • Domain satisfaction
  • Life satisfaction
  • Personality
  • Social cognitive theory
  • Subjective well-being

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