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International Journal of Happiness and Development

International Journal of Happiness and Development (IJHD)

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International Journal of Happiness and Development (3 papers in press)

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  • Happiness as an Unmet Reality in Pakistan: Discourses of Divorced & Separated Individuals   Order a copy of this article
    by Saira Batool, Rabia Ali 
    Abstract: This research paper highlights the dilemmas associated with the social construction of marriage versus the ideation of marriage as a modern symbol of unity in contemporary Pakistan. The paper draws on the narratives of sixteen divorced and separated men/women. These findings reveal that women experience marriage differently compared to men. Marital happiness for women is attained in their willingness to act in subordinate and submissive roles due to the hegemonic masculinity of men. The marriage contract in Pakistani society gives an upper hand to men and women are expected to be obedient and respectful. In this study, based on their personal experiences all divorced and separated women considered happiness in marriage merely a temporary situation. Defying the patterns of obedience had led to unhappiness and dissatisfaction in their marital relationships. The major problem had been the inability to accept the ground realities of marriage in its practical form in contrast to their perception of marriage as a romantic and happy relationship. When the ground realities didnt meet their expectations; their relations came to an end leading to social stigma and emotional dilemmas. These findings suggest the need to rethink marriage as a complex and evolving institution in contemporary Pakistan.
    Keywords: Happiness; Divorce; Separation; Marriage; Imagination; Qualitative Methods.

  • The Relationship Between the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Suicide Rates: Evidence from panel data   Order a copy of this article
    by Suzan Odabaşi 
    Abstract: Suicide is a serious economic and public health problem of this century. In addition to the public health consequences of suicidal behaviours, the economic losses are significant and can result in loss of productive capacity, earnings, treatment costs, and work loss costs. This study investigates whether the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) payments/ benefits have an impact on mental-health related suicides. The estimation is conducted for three different groups: 1) the overall group; 2) the female group; and 3) the male group by applying two different approaches: the fixed-effects and the quantile regression methods. The findings show that the SNAP benefits help to reduce stress-associated suicides. Additionally, the results support that accessing health services and having health insurance are two important factors associated with the number of suicides per 100,000.
    Keywords: welfare payments; government expenditures and health; instrumental variables (IV) estimation; SNAP; Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; suicide.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHD.2023.10048923
    by Alex I. Shaahu, James T. Gire 
    Abstract: The current study utilising a moderated mediation analysis investigated the impact of financial stress and meaning in life on happiness in a community-based sample of 482 individuals, aged 1878 years in Makurdi, the Benue State Capital in North Central Nigeria. The satisfaction with life scale (SWLS), the economic strain scale, and meaning in life questionnaire (MLQ) were used in gathering the data which were analysed using Hayes process macro. The results showed that financial stress was negatively associated with happiness and presence of meaning, but was positively associated with search for meaning. The presence of meaning partially mediated the financial stress-happiness relationship, and the strength of this partial mediation was moderated by the search for meaning. The findings suggest that under financial stress, presence of meaning may serve as a foundation upon which people initiate a search for meaning (SFM) that enables them cope with ongoing challenges that threatens their wellbeing.
    Keywords: financial stress; meaning in life; happiness; Nigeria.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHD.2023.10050950