Little work explores subjective well-being (SWB) differences among unique populations. This study rests on a data from commercial female sex workers (CFSW) that was collected in Thailand during January and February 2007. Past research in SWB indicates that women who have more formal education, those who feel positively about their income rank and working conditions, and those who feel connected to others in their community report greater well-being compared to others. Moreover, Biswas-Diener and Diener (2006) found that sex workers in Calcutta were generally satisfied with their personal domains. Most Thai sex workers, in our sample, were generally satisfied with their personal domains (relative income, marital status, and working conditions); however, less satisfaction was reported about feeling part of the community.

Note on the Author

Elizabeth Monk-Turner, Sociology/CJ, Old Dominion University; Norfolk, VA