This paper focuses on the impact of three major life course transitions (partner separation, unemployment, disability) on well-being. A long tradition of research has documented negative effects of these transitions on well-being. We re-examine these effects using a large four- wave longitudinal dataset in the Netherlands (NKPS). In addition, we examine whether the simultaneous occurrence of two or more transitions has a stronger effect on well-being compared to the effects of the sum of each transition. In the former case, effects can be regarded as interactive, in the latter case, effects are cumulative. We present several theoretical arguments for these competing hypotheses and we test these hypotheses using interaction effects. In a second step, we examine variability in the effect of the three examined life course transitions on well-being (MHI-5) using interactions with sex, age, and educational level. We find that the three delineated life course effects all have an expected negative impact on well-being with divorce and disability onset having the strongest impact. These effects are not-cumulative as there is evidence for interactive effects. We further find no evidence for moderation.
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|Event||Dag van de Sociologie - Dutch Sociology Day - Tilburg, Netherlands|
Duration: 9 Jun 2016 → 9 Jun 2016
|Conference||Dag van de Sociologie - Dutch Sociology Day|
|Period||9/06/16 → 9/06/16|