Di Nuovo, S., Hichy, Z., & Pirrone, C.
Comparing different strategies for data analysis. Applications to the search for personality correlates of life satisfaction
The aim of this methodological article was to compare different statistical strategies suitable for analyzing the same database, on the relationships between life satisfaction, and personality and attitude variables. The sample was composed of 1080 adult participants, equally subdivided on the basis of gender, family status, and geographical residence. To search for variables which better discriminate and/or predict life satisfaction, different approaches, both exploratory and confirmatory, were used, including multidimensional scaling, causal analysis (Structural Equations Modeling), Discriminant analysis, and different regression techniques. Similarities and differences in results are discussed.Back