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START DATE 04 October 2017

Middlesex University Dubai

END DATE 04 October 2017

We are pleased to invite you to the first Research Seminar of the academic year 2017-2018. It will be held on October 4th from 4pm, at Middlesex University Dubai in the Oasis Theatre, Block 16, Knowledge Park. The Research Seminar Series was launched in 2008, and has featured more than 200 presentations to date. The seminars provide a forum for researchers to share their work. Presenters include faculty from Middlesex University Dubai and other universities in the United Arab Emirates, as well as researchers from other global institutions. This week’s presentation is: 

The Effect of Resilience, Culture, and Employment Status on Happiness among Married Expatriate Women Residing in Dubai

Anita Shrivastava Kashi
Middlesex University Dubai


Happiness has been reported to influence, and be influenced by, internal and external factors. Among expatriate women of different cultural backgrounds, employment status and ability to cope with stressors seem to have an influence on happiness. In the present study we investigated the effects of culture and employment status on happiness, whilst controlling for self-reported resilience in 127 married expatriate women living with their families in Dubai. These expatriate women were assessed using the Resilience Scale, the Oxford Happiness Questionnaire, and a questionnaire containing an open-ended question regarding reasons for participants’ current employment status. Responses to the open-ended question were thematically analyzed. ANCOVA analysis found resilience to be significantly related to happiness. However no significant differences emerged in happiness between individualistic/ collectivistic cultures and between employed/ unemployed status. The reported frequency of qualitative themes did not differ with regards to employment status. Our results indicate resilience as a main driver of happiness within this population.

Keywords: Resilience; Individualistic culture; Collectivist culture; Happiness; Employment


Dr. Anita Shrivastava Kashi is the Programme Head for undergraduate and postgraduate psychology programmes at Middlesex University Dubai. A clinical psychologist, she has several years of experience in teaching, research, and clinical practice. She is life member of the Indian Association of Clinical Psychology. Her research interests include schizotypy, social aspects of mental illness, humor, and individual differences.

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